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Hawaii: Student Choice Bill Reintroduced in Senate

Hawaii: Student Choice Bill Reintroduced in Senate 

Name: Relating to Student Informed Consent

Bill Number: SB 2764

SB 2764 would allow public school students to decline participation in dissection, vivisection and other procedures harmful to animals, while making educational alternatives available to all students. This measure would apply to students in grades K through 12 and would prevent any student from being penalized or discriminated against for refusing to participate in or observe the dissection of vivisection activity. In addition, an alternative test would need to be provided to students that do not rely on any dissected specimens.

Notification has been a documented problem in states with student choice laws, but this bill contains a provision requiring the Board of Education to adopt rules to ensure that all schools be notified about this policy and that each school notify its students and parents, in writing, before beginning any project using animals or animal specimens.

Advancements in computer software, hands-on models and virtual reality now make it possible for students to learn effectively without harming animals. Moreover, the cost of using alternatives instead of using animal specimens is generally much lower, as the alternatives can be used many times by multiple students, making them cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Senator Gabbard has once again taken the lead in promoting student choice legislation in Hawaii.  harmful to animals. It is essential that legislators hear from you, their constituents, that student choice for dissection deserves their support—and their vote.

 

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Please Give Students a Choice Not to Dissect Animals in School

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to support SB 2764, which would give students in Hawaii public schools grades K-12 the choice to opt out of participating in classroom activities using dissection and vivisection. While some schools or teachers may already have policies in place to accommodate student requests for an alternative to animal dissection, this bill would ensure that all students have the same choice.

Advancements in computer software, hands-on models and virtual reality now make it possible for schools to respect each student's ethical, moral or religious position regarding the humane treatment of animals without sacrificing learning objectives. Moreover, the cost of using alternatives instead of using animal specimens is generally much lower, as the alternatives can be used many times by multiple students, making them cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

In an article published in the "American Biology Teacher" journal, a survey showed that a majority of teachers have an interest in using alternatives, and over a third of biology students preferred the use of alternatives over animal specimens, when given a choice.

Please do not make students choose between their moral convictions and the study of science. Vote "yes" to ensure that students in Hawaii have access to these alternatives and can exercise their informed consent instead of being required to participate in animal dissection or vivisection in the classroom.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]