Did you know that frogs are born without legs or arms and then grow them later? How cool is that? They hatch from eggs as tadpoles and swim around in lakes and rivers. As they grow up, they develop arms, legs, and webbed feet. Frogs should live free in the wild with their families, croaking and swimming as they please. Sadly, that isn’t the reality for all frogs.
Some frogs are bred for classroom dissection and never get to feel rain on their skin or lily pads beneath their rubbery toes. Many more are stolen from their homes in the wild and kept in tiny, filthy, extremely crowded containers. Instead of living free with their mothers, brothers, and sisters, they are thrust into a life of misery.
Frogs are a very important part of the ecosystem! They help control the insect population, so when they are stolen from the wild (like they are for dissection), the insects multiply. All the extra bugs destroy crops, and farmers then use pesticides and poisons to kill the insects.
Whether they are born into captivity or kidnapped from the wild, frogs used for dissection are eventually killed. Their bodies are sold to schools, where teachers and students cut their little bodies apart for classroom assignments.
This is not OK! Frogs have feelings, just as people do, and they deserve to live out their lives without human interference.
Dissection teaches kids that small animals (like frogs) are nothing more than tools to be used. Luckily for frogs, animal-loving kids like YOU have options other than dissection!
Several states in the U.S. already allow kids to opt out of dissection, including the following:
Even if you’re not in one of these states, many teachers and schools will work with you and provide alternatives.