Bill Would Ban Animal Dissections in CA Classrooms

(Sacramento, CA) — There’s an effort to ban the dissection of animals in California classrooms. AB 1568, known as the Replacing Animals in Science Education Act, is sponsored by Assembly Member Ash Kalra of San Jose and backed by PETA. PETA spokeswoman Samantha Suiter says dissecting dead animals is archaic. The RAISE act says dissecting animals for science is unethical, expensive and harmful for the environment. It proposes replacing animal dissection activities statewide with simulation technology. Animals that are commonly used in dissection lessons in California include cats, pigs, sharks, and sheep. The RAISE act is currently in the Education Committee and will be voted on in May.