Last week, amid community protests, the school board approved a $28 million budget that calls for the elimination of nearly 13 teaching positions.
PETA spokeswoman Ashley Gonzalez said the group has made similar offers to dozens of schools across the country in the past few years, but none has accepted. Some schools, however, have taken the group up on its offer of free software that allows students to perform digital “dissections,” Gonzalez said.
“We are always on the lookout for schools that can benefit from our support,” she said.
The group has not specified how much money it would provide to a school that allows ads to be posted, but it said that would depend partly on how many ads were placed and in how many schools.
“We’d have to sit down with them and work out how much exposure we would get,” Gonzalez said.
PETA isn’t the only animal-rights group that advocates for the use of software as an alternative to actual dissection. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also donates virtual dissection software to schools, such as The Digital Frog.