A national animal rights group has offered a cash-strapped Pennsylvania school district an undisclosed amount of money if it allows ads in school promoting the use of virtual dissection software or other alternatives to actual animal dissection.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has approached dozens of schools across with country with the offer, said it found out about the Kutztown School District’s financial woes over the internet.
The group recently sent a letter to Superintendent Nicholas Lazo Jr., offering to pay money if the school allows the posting of ads that say, “STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE. DO YOUR HOMEWORK—CHOOSE NOT TO DISSECT.” Different versions of the ad feature rats, frogs, and fetal pigs.
“We believe it is inappropriate for a school district to subject students to any such advertising,” Lazo said in a statement, adding that PETA is “not the first entity to offer to provide something of value to the district in exchange for advertising access to our students.”
Lazo also said Kutztown already makes available to its students “a computer-based dissection option that we have found to be very successful.”