The use of animals in education

Sentient promotes the humane use of animals in education and advocates for funding to research and further develop humane alternatives to many traditional practices. 

 

Not all educational animal use is harmful to the animals concerned. Examples may include non-invasive observational or behavioural studies of wild or free-living animals, controlled handling of domesticated species, and beneficial clinical experiences involving real animal patients.

 

Unfortunately, however, animals have been and commonly remain the subjects of markedly invasive educational procedures, which sometimes result in death. These are conducted to demonstrate scientific concepts or teach practical skills to students of surgery, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology, in particular.