The appropriate and humane use of animals in Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms can enhance the learning experiences of students by providing unique positive interactions between students and animals. Future scientists, interested students, and science teachers can all benefit academically from the responsible use of animals while learning respect for all living things. In recent years animal rights organizations have attempted to persuade students and their parents that the use of animals in classrooms, particularly dissection exercises, should end.  They argue that real animals should not be used because there are viable educational alternatives that provide the same level of learning. However, organizations best qualified to determine the role animals should play in students scientific education do not support legislation that would end the use of animals in classrooms, namely the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), and other organizations.Presently, 16 states restrict the use of animals in some classroom settings or have dissection choice laws or policies in place: California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

Members Only State Laws Book

NABR tracks state education laws restricting the use of animals in classrooms and indexes them in a searchable and user-friendly database. The NABR State Laws Book includes proposed legislation as well as existing state statutes. Links to the text of the proposed legislation and statutes are provided where available. Current Education Laws