Aug 23, 2019

USA: Are your local schools still dissecting animals?




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From: National Anti-Vivisection Society <navs@navs.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 22, 2019, 12:03 PM
Subject: Are your local schools still dissecting animals?
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National Anti-Vivisection Society - TAKE ACTION THURSDAY
This week, Take Action Thursday challenges parents and non-parents to find out how science is being taught in your local school system—and recommend a change.
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As the new school year begins across the country, NAVS is dismayed about the continuing pervasive use of dissection in schools to teach life science curricula.
The use of dissection as a tool for grade school education started in U.S. classrooms in the 1920s. During the past 100 years, the number and variety of animals dissected has grown as students start dissecting at a younger age. While student choice laws or policies allow individual students to opt out of dissection in 16 states and the District of Columbia, this has little impact on the overall number of animals sacrificed for elementary and secondary education.
Many adults are surprised to learn that dissection on frogs, fetal pigs and cats is now prevalent in secondary schools around the country. While some individual schools have moved away from the use of animal specimens, they are still, sadly, the exception, and not the rule. Where does your school stand?
  • Does your school district rely on early 20th century teaching methods for 21st century material?
  • Does your school district have a policy to allow individual students to opt out of dissection?
  • If there is a policy, do the teachers in your school know about it? (50% of teachers polled in states with a law or statewide policy did NOT know if their school had one).
  • Do students know if there is an option to opt out and how to participate? How are they informed?
As students return to their science classrooms this school year, please contact your local school district to see where they stand on dissection.
If your school district does NOT have a student choice policy, please share the NAVS Model Law on student choice with your local school administrators, Parent Teacher Associations and elected officials.
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Jun 24, 2019

MA: Why are #Whales dying along the #Massachusetts coast? | GlobalWarmingProblemSolvers.com


Dr. Rob Moir is the President and Executive Director leader of Ocean River Institute. You can read and listen at http://www.robmoirphd.com/radio.html


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From: Rob Moir <rob@globalwarmingproblemsolvers.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 4:01 PM
Subject: Why are whales dying off our coasts?
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Last month, two dead whales were spotted off Massachusetts shores,
A large female humpback lay high on the rocks beneath Boston Light on Little Brewster Island.
And just this week, a third dead whale was found in our waters.
It's hard to determine the exact cause of death for individual whales — but it's clear that climate change and fishing industry are disrupting their ecosystems, diminishing their sources of food, and putting them in greater danger than ever before. As a result, there's been a massive increase in whale deaths — including the critically endangered right whale — over the last few years.
Governor Charlie Baker's policies aren't helping. While he tries to pay lip service to addressing climate change, he has consistently supported new fossil fuel projects. He's also consistently spoken out against regulations that try to limit the environmental impact of the fishing industry.
Warming waters mean that sources of food for whales — fish, plankton, and other sea creatures — are dying off in some areas, making it harder for whales to survive. Whales are also being hit by fishing ships, and entangled in their nets.
Charlie Baker is on the front lines of undermining common sense environmental reform and regulation — in a state that would otherwise support it. We need to make sure there's a political cost for enabling environmentally destructive corporations to continue on this disastrous path. Let's make sure that Charlie Baker pays a price at the ballot box.

Rob
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Jun 8, 2019

USA: Historic Win for Hens

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Date: Wed, May 15, 2019, 7:01 AM
Subject: Historic Win for Hens 🐔🎉
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