PETA Offers Free Dissection Software to Schools That Stop Cutting Up Animals

For Immediate Release:
27 September 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Virtual Frog Dissection Application From Punflay Can Help Students Learn Biology Better Than Using Dead Animals, Say Experts

Mumbai – Following the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the University Grants Commission to replace the cruel use of animals in life-sciences education, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is taking action. PETA has teamed up with software-maker Punflay to offer – free of charge – the company’s Virtual Frog Dissection applications to science classrooms in schools and universities that agree to replace dissection with Punflay’s app.

“PETA India is eager to help universities and other schools take the lead in teaching biology using humane, modern methods”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Countless frogs and other animals are killed for dissection, even though non-animal methods for teaching biology are far superior.”

Punflay’s Virtual Frog Dissection app – which is available for desktops, laptops, Macs, iPads, netbooks and interactive whiteboards – simulates dissection with life-like graphics that offer a bloodless field, colour differentiation and clarity that cannot be achieved with animal dissection. Comparative studies have repeatedly shown that non-animal teaching methods, such as interactive computer programs, are more effective for teaching biology than crude animal-based methods. Also, such programs are more economical because they can be used repeatedly, and they help maintain ecological balance by preventing the destruction of animals used for dissection.

To apply for this offer, send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, institution and request for Punflay’s Virtual Frog Dissection app.

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