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Who Hates Exams?
Posted By Jane

Who Hates Exams?

Posted 29 April 2010   by         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: animal testing, humane education, education, advocacy, activism, school, university, dissection

Hi, I'm Jane, and I've just joined the team, so this is my first ever blog!

So I have one exam to go before I receive my degree in Animal Science. While I'd normally be dreading any kind of exam, biting my nails, and overdosing on coffee while I'm cramming as much as I can get in the night before, I'm actually kind of looking forward to this one. I just heard your jaw drop on the keyboard, but hear me out!

This exam won't just be symbolic of me finally completing my studies. It's also the very last step in proving once and for all that it is entirely possible to attain not only a science degree, but an animal science degree, without having harmed any animals.

For three long years, I steadfastly refused to inject, kill or dissect any animal. Once I was even threatened with a fail, but I stayed true to my beliefs and said defiantly "Fail me then".

No one failed me. In fact, I have a Distinction grade point average and an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, which further goes to show that I was actually better off not using animals.

A lot of people, students and teachers, think that it's impossible to study biology, physiology, genetics or medicine without using animals. This is really concerning, because the alternatives, text books, artificial models and computer simulations that are readily available make using actual animals in education completely redundant.

That's why this exam means a lot to me, and that's why I'm gonna blitz it!

Hopefully this can be a reference point whenever someone tells you that you have to use animals in science or at uni. Besides, the teachers HAVE to offer you an alternative if you ask for one, did you know that?

All too often, I was the only one to say anything, while my fellow students stayed quiet, did the practicals, and cried on the bus on the way home. We all know it's wrong to use animals this way, so if you're in school and don't want to hurt animals when the teacher tells you to, Speak Up! And encourage your friends to do the same.

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Top 5 Ways to Help Animals at School

Top 5 Ways to Help Animals at School

Posted 1 February 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 17 Comments

Tags: school, activism, advocacy, dissection, stickers, leather

So it's that time of year again - time to pack your bags, dust off your uniform and head back to school. I know how you're feeling ... if only the holidays could've lasted a bit longer, right? But on the up side, a new year at school is full of great opportunities to help animals. So here are a few reasons to jump out of bed and embrace the new school year with enthusiasm!

Top 5 Tips for Helping Animals at School:

  1. Make Your Presentations Count
    What better chance to speak up for animals than when you've got a captive audience. Are you outraged that 10 million chicks are ground up alive or gassed to death by the egg industry each year? Or that rabbits have chemicals rubbed into their eyes to test everyday household products? Then make your class talks count and do them on issues your classmates should know about. Besides, when you're doing a presentation on something you know and care about, you'll get better grades!
  1. Ditch Dissection
    Just because an animal is small green and slimy, doesn't make it ok to kill her and cut her open. And as for our furry friends, rats - think of them as little dogs - these little guys are smart, playful and really, really cute. There's just no need for violence in science. So let your teacher know you don't want to dissect. Then prove there's no need for dissection by using animal friendly resources (eg. text books, videos and computer simulations) to stay ahead of the class.
  1. Make Your Uniform Animal Friendly
    I don't know about you, but there's no way I want to wear the skin of a dead cow on my feet. And seriously, with so many faux leather alternatives, there's just no need. If your school has a uniform policy with compulsory leather shoes, or woolen jumper, why not write a letter to your principal asking them to change their policy. Sometimes all it takes is one letter.
  1. Sticker Your Stuff
    What else are note pads, pencil cases and laptops for except to put stickers on? Grab yourself a sheet of the best stickers in town (or enter here to win some) and get stickering! Not only will you have the most stylish school gear around, you'll have all your classmates thinking about animal issues, asking questions, and of course wanting some flashy stickers of their own (so don't forget to tell them where they can score some for themselves).
  1. Veganise Your Tuckshop
    If your tuckshop is anything like mine was, then the menu is chock full of dead animals. Aside from the animal cruelty, it's not gonna do students' waistlines or the planet any favours either. Ask your tuckshop to offer more tasty vegetarian and vegan food. That won't just give you more to choose from for lunch, it'll give other students the chance to sample some cruelty free food.

So there you have it. That should keep you busy for a while. And that's just the beginning! There are heaps of other creative ways to help animals at school. We'd like to hear your ideas. Leave a comment below to share your tips for helping animals at school.

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New Unleashed Activist Challenge Winner: jack

New Unleashed Activist Challenge Winner: jack

Posted 25 August 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 24 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, dissection, school, cage free campus, contest

Congrats to Jack for being the second winner of the Unleashed Activist Challenge. At 13 he may be young, but he's already having a huge impact. Not only has Jack successfully campaigned his school to give students the choice not to dissect, he has also helped developed class content for a term in animal ethics, which is now taught in years 5 - 12 at his school. And now he's got his sights set on getting his school to stop using cage eggs. Top work Jack! I can't wait to hear about your next victory!

If you're inspired by Jack's efforts and want to let us know how you're helping animals, why not enter the Unleashed Activist Challenge. You could be the next winner of our activist prize pack, not to mention much kudos.

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