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Michelle Sinnott '13 Promotes Dissection Alternatives to Local School Board

October 16, 2012

Michelle Sinnott '13 recently addressed the Williston (Vermont) School Board on behalf of Green Mountain Animal Defenders in an effort to convince board members to switch to dissection alternatives instead of dissecting cats, frogs and earthworms in their science classes.

Image of catSinnott said computer- and video-based models, 3-D plastic models and other models are free alternatives to dissecting real animals. Such alternatives are less expensive, more humane and less stressful on students, she said. Many prominent medical schools have switched to dissection alternatives, which studies show are more effective at teaching students than traditional dissection, she said.

The board decided to table the issue until February when it will make all of its curriculum decisions.

Watch Sinnott's presentation to the board, which starts at 5:26 in the video: click on play, then click on "Audience and Communications."


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