Lifestyle

Canetoads off the menu, frogs next, for CQ science classes

IT'S one of the activities every high school student who studies biology ends up doing but it may not be conducted with fresh specimens if PETA gets its way.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is urging Central Queensland schools to stop using real frogs for dissection for biology classes.

The call comes after the advocacy group heard The Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee released a new standard operating procedure strictly limiting the use of cane toads in classroom dissection.

Reports show the committee has had guidelines in place where schools have had to apply to use canetoads in science classes.

Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee figures show there have been only 18 new approvals relating to toads by May 2015 with a total of 68 in 2014. 

PETA has sent letters offering free dissection-simulation software to every school in the state.

In its letters, PETA - whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to experiment on" - points out that dozens of studies show that students who use non-animal biology teaching tools such as the popular Digital Frog virtual-dissection software learn as well as or better than their peers who dissect animals.

Digital dissection also saves instructional time and money.

"Every student deserves the opportunity to learn about animals with the help of modern, state-of-the-art technology", says PETA Director of Campaigns Jason Baker.

"PETA is ready to help Central Queensland schools replace cruel and archaic classroom animal dissection with software that is as humane as it is cost-effective."

The millions of animals used in school and university dissection may be obtained from animal shelters, come from biological-supply houses that breed animals or even be taken from the wild.

The U.S. National Science Teachers Association - the world's largest science education organisation - endorses the use of modern non-animal methods as replacements for animal dissection.

Unlike crudely cutting apart chemically treated animal cadavers, highly interactive software programs teach students what animals' living bodies look like, and students can repeat lessons until they're proficient and confident.

Topics:  education, frogs, peta, science




Hundreds take up the challenge on Mount Archer

Ashley Brownsey, Brendon Brauer and Nixon Brauer prepare to take on Mount Archer in the Challenge the Mountain event.

With clear skies, Challenge the Mountain ran smoothly

RACQ rescue two kayakers off Curtis Island

RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter

THIS morning RACQ Capricorn Rescue 300 rescued two men.

Craft beer and cider fest a hit

CHEERS: Kelly and Matt Thompson at the Craft Beer and Cider Festival.

VARIOUS flavours of beer and ciders were cheered in the air.

Latest deals and offers

Mountain biking dreams come true for Rockhampton enthusiasts

First Turkey is expanding to cater for all ages and all riding abilities, with an aim to one day host state and national competitions.


Get Set for Summer!

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Fishermen reel in a Classic catch

Jackson Slack with 2.2kg Coral Trout and 4.1kg Sweetlip at the Tight Lines Fishing Classic on Friday.

Fishermen line up to weigh-in big catch for Coast Guard Yeppoon

Nene lives dream life in Oz

Yeppoon author Nene Davies with her books based on a family who emigrated to Queensland from Wales.

Yeppoon woman writes novels about family's move from Wales to Oz

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa