Tell Your Connecticut Legislator to Support Bill that Allows Students to Opt Out of Dissection - Update

Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tell Your Connecticut Legislator to Support Bill that Allows Students to Opt Out of Dissection - Photo by USFWS

Update – July 11, 2013: Great News! Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law the Connecticut dissection choice bill. Students can now opt-out of classroom dissections and complete an animal-friendly alternative assignment instead. Thanks to all the AWI supporters in Connecticut who contacted their legislators to urge support for the bill!

June 6, 2013: AWI is pleased to report that HB 6329, An Act Concerning Dissection Choice, passed the Connecticut Senate! The bill, which passed the Connecticut House in mid-May, would give students in Connecticut the right to opt-out of animal dissections and instead complete humane, alternative assignments. HB 6329 will soon be sent to Governor Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.
 



Dear Humanitarians in Connecticut,

Thanks to your action, HB 6329 has been added to the Connecticut House of Representatives legislative calendar! If passed, this bill would allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom with a written request.  

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has long worked to promote alternatives to animal dissection, as well as to support legislation that will give students the freedom to opt out of these activities.

AWI encourages the use of cost-effective, reusable dissection alternatives, including state-of-the-art computer programs and three-dimensional models that sacrifice neither animals nor quality education.

What you can do:
Although this bill could be called up at any time, it is up to the Speaker of the House, Brendan Sharkey, to determine whether it will come up for a vote before this legislative session ends on June 5th.

Please contact the Speaker’s office today at 860-240-8500 and politely ask that HB 6329 be called up for a vote. Then, please make a quick call to your representative and urge them to vote in favor of the bill.

To find your representative, please click here.

Please be sure to share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their representative, too.

As always, thank you very much for your help!

Sincerely,

Cathy Liss
President

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