Virginia HB 1018 – Alternatives to Dissection


An Act to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-200.01,
relating to alternatives to animal dissection in public school courses and

[H 1018]

Approved April 15, 2004

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered
22.1-200.01 as follows:

§ 22.1-200.01. Alternatives to animal dissection.

Local school divisions shall provide students with alternatives to animal
dissection techniques within the relevant public school curriculum or course. The
Board of Education shall establish guidelines to be implemented by local school
divisions regarding such alternative dissection techniques. Such guidelines
shall address, but shall not be limited to, (i) the use of detailed models of
animal anatomy and computer simulations as alternatives to dissection; (ii)
notification of students and parents of the option to decline to participate in
animal dissection; and (iii) such other issues as the Board deems appropriate.

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