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From 7 December 2003 Issue

Pro-Vivisection Group “Counters Humane Education”
From In Defense of Animals - alerts@idausa.org

Ohio Scientific Education & Research Association (OSERA), an affiliate of the pro-vivisection network, States United for Biomedical Research, has developed a curriculum to “counter humane education.” Humane education encourages students to make humane choices and to think critically about how our actions affect others of all species.

OSERA is focused on perpetuating dissection in schools, even though students using computer-based dissection programs get the same or higher test scores than those using animals.

New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) have a terrific curriculum introducing students to critical thinking about the use of animals in science. It boldly challenges the assumptions behind animal experimentation. The “Next of Kin Curriculum” is now available for grades 2-5 and grades 6-9.

What you can do:

Write to Ohio’s Board of Education president Jennifer Sheets:
Ohio Department of Education Building
25 S. Front St., 7th Floor
Columbus, Ohio
43215-4183

Remind the Board that education must be fair and unbiased and insist that “Next Of Kin” accompany any and all OSERA lesson plans.

Ask your school or your child’s school to implement a dissection choice policy. Contact NEAVS for a FREE dissection choice starter kit.

Donate copies of the “Next of Kin Curriculum” to your local elementary and/or middle school. Visit http://www.neavs.org/programs/nextofkin/index.htm to order.

Contact NEAVS for your FREE copy of From Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse, a resource for dissection alternatives at info@neavs.org or 617-523-6020.

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