REPLACING ANIMALS IN EDUCATION

Why are non-animal alternatives the better choice?

Watch our brief educational video, learn the benefits of non-animal alternatives, and access our free resources!

Resources for Teachers

Are you a science teacher looking for ways to switch to non-animal alternatives for dissection? If so, we’ve got you covered!

Note: this database was designed for UBC students, but is still useful for secondary level education – we’ll be creating a database specific for elementary/secondary schools soon!

Download our free educational poster for your classroom!

Please contact us if you’d like the .jpg file to print out a larger poster.

Alternatives Development

We are currently working to develop a virtual reality (VR) humane education tool. The development team is a skilled group of software developers, coders and 3D modellers, all under the leadership and advisement of Janet Chen and Dr. Ray Hsu. The VR tool will provide an immersive educational experience for students to learn about animal anatomy and natural history, without the need for real animal specimens. The first prototype is scheduled to be finished in April 2018. Watch this space for updates!

Please support our development of the VR humane education tool

Research

We have engaged in several different research projects to explore the issue of replacing animals in secondary education.

In 2017 we were awarded a Vancouver Foundation Develop grant to conduct a survey of BC teachers and the BC public to evaluate people’s views towards dissection and to identify support that teachers might need to make the switch to non-animal alternatives.

Click here to see what they had to say!

In 2017, the BC Foundation for Non-Animal Research granted us funds to host an expert working group on replacing animals in secondary education. The working group was held on August 25th 2017 and brought together international experts on this issue.

Click here for a full report of the meeting

We are delighted to announce the forming of an official collective: the Eclipse Dissection Working group.

Our Declaration:

“The Eclipse Dissection Working Group is committed to ending secondary school dissection by 2024 through exposing the harms and providing solutions”

Through the Lush Cosmetics Charity Pot program, we are funded to conduct a study comparing the educational merit of virtual dissections compared to traditional dissections using animals.

We are currently inviting teachers in the Lower Mainland to participate in that study.

At AiSPI we’re working hard to replace the use of animals in education.

If you value this work, please support us with a donation.

Events and Outreach

We work hard to support and engage teachers and students in schools across British Columbia. Some highlights include:

Guest Classes – We support teachers with guest classes using non-animal alternatives. So far we have visited schools in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver,  Delta, Surrey, New Westminster, Squamish and Penticton!

Science World Teen Tuesday events – For these events Science World restricts access to high school students and teachers. We are delighted to have been invited back for a second year, and will be attending events in 2017 and 2018.

BC Teachers’ Federation New Teachers’ Conference – We were accepted to host a workshop at the 2016 and 2017 conferences, and will be applying to be part of the conference again in 2018.

BC Science Teachers’ Association Catalyst Convention – We were invited to attend last year’s Catalyst Conference, and we ran an exhibit booth for the event. We had over 2 pages of sign ups for either information sessions or guest classes! We were delighted to be part of the 2017 PSA Superconference in August.

Surrey Teachers’ Association Convention – We attended the 2016 and 2017 Conventions and will be hopefully be back next year with an exhibitor booth and workshop for teachers.

Handsworth Secondary Be Aware Fair – The wonderful students at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver put together a great event in 2016 that we were invited to be a part of. We had the chance to speak to students and teachers at the school and demo some non-animal methods for science education.

Argyle Secondary Sustainability Fair – An amazing student group at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver curated an event in 2016 that we were invited to. We put up our exhibit booth and provide demonstrations of non-animal methods for science teaching.