Hearing TODAY on Student Choice
Can you help us take action on behalf of animals used in education in Maryland? This afternoon, Animalearn’s Director Nicole Green and Assistant Director Bailee Henderson will be providing testimony in front of the Senate Committee considering SB 188, “Public and Nonpublic Schools—Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals—Student Right of Refusal”. This bill will give ALL K-12 students the right to refuse to participate in animal dissection exercises and instead choose effective and innovative, humane science education alternatives.
The Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee needs to hear from Maryland residents, so we urge YOU to make your voice heard and endorse the message of the Animalearn team:
- Give all K-12 students in both public and nonpublic schools the right to refuse animal dissection.
- Ensure that students who opt out of animal dissection exercises are not penalized or discriminated against.
- Require teachers to provide educationally appropriate alternatives.
- Will strengthen protections already existing in some Maryland counties.
Students should not only have the right to refuse animal dissection, but they also deserve a humane science education. Please voice your support of SB 188 so the Chairman keeps this issue moving along in his committee. We can’t do this without you!
Comments are needed by 12 noon TODAY, so please take action!
Call or write with your polite message to support young people of good conscience and advanced methods in science education:
Senator Paul G. Pinsky
Chairman, Education, Health,
and Environmental Affairs Committee
And, stay tuned! Next week there will be a hearing on the companion bill in the state house, HB 2066, and we’ll give you information on how to help with that!
Many thanks to Maryland Sen. Ronald Young for introducing SB 188, and to Delegate Karen Lewis Young for introducing HB 2066!