(ANIMAL WELFARE— MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA) Remember feeling horrible about the animal dissections you had to do in your high school biology class?  Millions of frogs killed for a very questionable educational value. Now frogs, and high school students, can leap for joy because an amazing new computer program replaces the gory practice, capturing the hearts of animal welfare groups throughout California. — Global Animal

The Huffington Post

Photo Credit: Bates Littlehales

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. A Southern California high school is taking the scalpel to frog dissections in biology class as it becomes the first U.S. school to take up animal welfare supporters’ offer of free anatomy software.

Rancho Verde High School assistant principal Kevin Stipp tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that it agreed to the deal with the Animal Welfare Institute and Save the Frogs to save money.

The animal welfare groups say they’ll give Digital Frog 2.5 software licenses – worth nearly $900 each – to the first 25 schools that agree to give up dissections for five years.

Proponents of virtual dissection programs say they are more humane and safer than touching animals preserved with formaldehyde, but some critics say the simulations can’t compare to holding a real animal organ.

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/31/virtual-frog-dissections-school-california_n_869030.html

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