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CA School Kids: Reading, Writing and Frog Dissecting?


Monday, August 29, 2011   

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California kids are heading back to school, and soon some of them will be asked to dissect frogs in science classes. A California-based group says however that not only are the frog dissections unnecessary and unethical, but they're also contributing to the depletion of wild frog populations.

Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder and executive director of Save the Frogs, says one of the goals of the organization is to get frog dissections out of every U.S. public school by 2014.

"Frogs are perhaps the most rapidly disappearing group of animals on the planet, and they face lots of threats other than people pulling them out of the wild for dissection. So, there's no need to be adding to that."

Kriger says some schools are beginning to switch to virtual dissection software that tech-savvy kids can appreciate. He recalls a Long Island, New York, fourth-grader who, with the help of Save the Frogs, was able to get his school to switch to virtual dissections.

Kriger says the "Digital Frog 2.5" software can actually save money for the schools.

"Because every time a school buys a frog, the frogs cost money, and they have to keep buying new frogs. Whereas the software, they pay for it one time and then they have it forever, so over the long-term they're saving lots of money for their school that then gets put into other programs."

Kriger believes the unnecessary killing of an animal is unethical and teaches students that animals are disposable.

"Wildlife populations around the planet are in a lot of trouble, and that's how they should be focusing their time if they want to learn about wildlife: what's happening, why is it happening and how can they help protect populations, such as frog populations."

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