• All States' Humane Laws

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    Humane Education Laws in the United States


                           California 51540 Sec 233-233.5
                           Illinois (105 ILCS 5/27-13.1-14-15-18)
                           Maine  Chapter 111-20 1221.
                           Massachusetts  Chapter 272 Sec 80G
                           New Jersey  Title 18A 18A:35-4.1 4.3
                           New York  S 809 S 810
                           Oregon  336.067
                           Washington  RCW  28A.230.020
                           Wisconsin Chapter 14.16
                           Florida 233.09
                           Louisiana 17:266
                           North Dakota 15-38-11.
                           Pennsylvania 15-1514
                           South Dakota Repealed
                           Alabama Repealed
                           Michigan Repealed
                           New Hampshire
                           See Note regarding Tennessee and Wyoming


                      CALIFORNIA CODES

                      EDUCATION CODE
                      SECTION 51540

                      51540.  In the public elementary and high schools or in public
                      elementary and high school school-sponsored activities and
                      classes held elsewhere than on school premises, live vertebrate
                      animals shall not, as part of a scientific experiment or any
                      purpose whatever:
                         (a) Be experimentally medicated or drugged in a manner to
                      cause painful reactions or induce painful or lethal
                      pathological conditions.
                         (b) Be injured through any other treatments, including, but
                      not limited to, anesthetization or electric shock.
                      Live animals on the premises of a public elementary or high
                      school shall be housed and cared for in a humane and safe
                      manner.
                      The provisions of this section are not intended to prohibit or
                      constrain vocational instruction in the normal practices of
                      animal husbandry.

                      CALIFORNIA CODES
                      EDUCATION CODE
                      SECTION 233-233.5

                      233.  (a) At the request of the Superintendent of Public
                      Instruction, the State Board of Education shall do all of the
                      following as long as the board's actions do not result in a state
                      mandate or an increase in costs to a state or local
                      program:
                         (1) Adopt policies directed toward creating a school
                      environment in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, that
                      is free from discriminatory attitudes and practices and acts of
                      hate violence.
                         (2) Revise, as needed, and in accordance with the State
                      Board of Education's adopted Schedule for Curriculum
                      Framework Development and Adoption of Instructional
                      Materials developed pursuant to Section 60200, the state
                      curriculum frameworks and guidelines and the moral
                      and civic education curricula to include human relations
                      education, with the aim of fostering an appreciation of people of
                      different ethnicities.
                         (3) Establish guidelines for use in teacher and
                      administrator in-service training programs to promote an
                      appreciation of diversity and to discourage the development of
                      discriminatory attitudes and practices that prevent pupils from
                      achieving their full potential.
                         (4) Establish guidelines for use in teacher and
                      administrator in-service training programs designed to enable
                      teachers and administrators to prevent and respond to acts of
                      hate violence occurring on their school campuses.
                         (5) Establish guidelines designed to raise the awareness and
                      sensitivity of teachers, administrators, and school employees to
                      potentially prejudicial and discriminatory behavior and to
                      encourage the participation of these groups in these
                      programs.
                         (6) Develop guidelines relating to the development of
                      nondiscriminatory instructional and counseling methods.
                         (7) Revise any appropriate guidelines previously adopted by
                      the board to include procedures for preventing and
                      responding to acts of hate violence.
                         (b) The State Department of Education, in accordance with policies
                      established by the State Board of Education for purposes of this
                      subdivision, shall do all of the following:
                         (1) Prepare guidelines for the design and implementation of
                      local programs and instructional curricula that promote
                      understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the
                      contributions of people with diverse backgrounds and of
                      harmonious relations in a diverse society.
                        The guidelines shall include methods of evaluating the
                      programs and curricula and suggested procedures to ensure
                      coordination of the programs and curricula with appropriate local
                      public and private agencies.
                         (2) Provide grants, from funds appropriated for that purpose, to
                      school districts and county offices of education to develop
                      programs and curricula consistent with the guidelines developed in
                      paragraph (1).
                         (3) To the extent possible, provide advice and direct services,
                      consistent with the guidelines developed in paragraph (1), to school
                      districts and county offices of education that implement the programs
                      and curricula developed in paragraph (2).
                         (c) The State Board of Education shall carry out this section only if
                      private funds, in an amount sufficient to pay for related State
                      Department of Education staff activities on behalf of the board, are
                      made available.
                         (d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the
                      governing board of a school district to offer any ethnic studies or
                      human relations courses in the district.
                         (e) As used in this section, "hate violence" means any act
                      punishable under Section 422.6, 422.7, or 422.75 of the Penal Code.


                      233.5.  (a) Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of
                      the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice,
                      patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity
                      of American citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human
                      dignity, including the promotion of harmonious relations,
                      kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of
                      living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity, and
                      falsehood, and to instruct them in manners and morals and the
                      principles of a free government.
                         (b) Each teacher is also encouraged to create and foster an
                      environment that encourages pupils to realize their full potential
                      and that is free from discriminatory attitudes, practices, events, or
                      activities, in order to prevent acts of hate violence, as defined in
                      subdivision (e) of Section 233.

                      ILLINOIS

                      (105 ILCS 5/27-13.1)

                          Sec. 27-13.1. In every public school  there  shall  be
                      instruction,
                      study  and  discussion of current problems and needs in the
                      conservation
                      of natural resources, including but not limited to air pollution,
                      water
                      pollution,  waste  reduction and recycling, the effects of
                      excessive use
                      of pesticides, preservation  of  wilderness  areas,  forest
                      management,
                      protection of wildlife and humane care of domestic animals.
                      (Source: P.A. 86-229.)

                        (105 ILCS 5/27-14)
                          Sec. 27-14. Experiments upon animals.
                          No  experiment  upon  any  living  animal   for   the   
                      purpose   of demonstration in any study shall be made in any
                      public school. No animal provided  by,  or killed in the presence
                      of any pupil of a public school shall be used for
                      dissection in such school, and in no case  shall  dogs or  cats
                      be  killed  for  such purposes. Dissection of dead animals, or
                      parts thereof, shall be confined to  the  classroom  and  shall
                      not  be practiced  in  the  presence of any pupil not engaged in
                      the study to be illustrated thereby.
                      (Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

                      (105 ILCS 5/27-15)
                          Sec. 27-15. Moral and humane education - In institute
                      programs.  The superintendent  of  each  region  and  city shall
                      include once each year moral and humane education in the
                      program  of  the  teachers'  institute which is held under his
                      supervision.
                      (Source: P.A. 79-597.)

                      (105 ILCS 5/27-18)
                          Sec. 27-18. Arbor and bird day.
                          The Governor shall annually designate by official
                      proclamation a day in the spring to be known as  "Arbor  and  Bird
                      Day,"  to  be  observed throughout the State as a day for
                      planting trees, shrubs and vines about public  grounds,  and as
                      a day on which to hold appropriate exercises in
                      the public schools and elsewhere tending to show the value of
                      trees  and birds and the necessity for their protection.
                      (Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)


                      MAINE

                      CHAPTER 111
                      RELIGION AND MORALS

                      20 § 1221. Teaching of virture and morality
                      Instructors of youth in public or private institutions shall use their best
                      endeavors to impress on the minds of the children and youth
                      committed to their care and instruction the principles of morality and
                      justice and a sacred regard for truth; love of country, humanity and
                      a universal benevolence; the great principles of humanity as
                      illustrated by kindness to birds and animals and regard for all
                      factors which contribute to the well-being of man; industry and
                      frugality; chastity, moderation and temperance; and all other virtues
                      which ornament human society; and to lead those under their care, as
                      their ages and capacities admit, into a particular understanding of the
                      tendency of such virtues to preserve and perfect a republican
                      constitution, secure the blessings of liberty and to promote their future
                      happiness. 1983, c. 767, §1 (amd).]

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                      MASSACHUSETTS

                      GENERAL LAWS OF

                      Chapter 272: Section 80G. Experiments on vertebrates;
                      vivisection, dissection of animals; care.

                      Section 80G. No school principal, administrator or teacher shall
                      allow any live vertebrate to be used in any elementary or high
                      school under state control or supported wholly or partly by
                      public money of the state as part of a scientific
                      experiment or for any other purpose in which said
                      vertebrates are experimentally medicated or drugged in a
                      manner to cause painful reactions or to induce painful or
                      lethal pathological conditions, or in which said vertebrates are
                      injured through any other type of treatment, experiment or
                      procedure including but not limited to anesthetization or
                      electric shock, or where the normal health of said animal is
                      interfered with or where pain or distress is caused.

                      No person shall, in the presence of a pupil in any elementary or
                      high school under state control or supported wholly or partly by
                      public money of the state, practice vivisection, or exhibit a
                      vivisected animal. Dissection of dead animals or any portions
                      thereof in such schools shall be confined to the class room and
                      to the presence of pupils engaged in the study to be promoted
                      thereby, and shall in no case be for the purpose of exhibition.

                      Live animals used as class pets or for purposes not prohibited
                      in paragraphs one and two hereof in such schools shall be
                      housed or cared for in a safe and humane manner. Said
                      animals shall not remain in school over periods when such
                      schools are not in session, unless adequate care is
                      provided at all times.

                      The provisions of the preceding three paragraphs shall also apply to
                      any activity associated with or sponsored by the school.
                      Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a
                      fine of not more than one hundred dollars.

                      NEW JERSEY

                      Permanent Statutes
                      TITLE 18A     EDUCATION
                      18A:35-4.1.  Course of study in principles of humanity   


                      18A:35-4.1.  Course of study in principles of humanity
                          Each board of education may teach, by special courses or by
                      emphasis in appropriate places of the curriculum, in a manner adapted
                      to the ages and capabilities of the pupils in the several grades and
                      departments, the principles of humanity as the same apply to
                      kindness and avoidance of cruelty to animals and birds, both
                      wild and domesticated.


                      18A:35-4.3.  Sexual assault prevention education program
                          The Department of Education in consultation with the advisory
                      committee provided for in section 2 of this act, shall develop and
                      establish guidelines for the teaching of sexual assault prevention
                      techniques for utilization by local school districts in the
                      establishment of a sexual assault prevention education program.  Such
                      program shall be adapted to the age and understanding of the pupils
                      and shall be emphasized in appropriate places of the curriculum
                      sufficiently for a full and adequate treatment of the subject.

                           L.1979, c. 42, s. 1, eff. July 1, 1979.


                      NEW YORK

                      S 809. Instruction in the humane treatment of animals. 1. The
                      officer, board or commission authorized  or  required  to
                      prescribe  courses  of instruction  shall  cause  instruction  to
                      be given in every elementary school under state control or
                      supported wholly or partly by public money of  the state, in the
                      humane treatment and protection of animals and the
                      importance of the part they play in the economy of nature as
                      well as the necessity   of  controlling  the  proliferation  of
                      animals  which  are subsequently abandoned and  caused  to
                      suffer  extreme  cruelty.   Such instruction  shall be for such
                      period of time during each school year as the board of
                      regents may prescribe  and  may  be  joined  with  work  in
                      literature,  reading,  language,  nature study or ethnology. Such
                      weekly instruction may be divided into two or more
                      periods. A  school  district shall  not  be  entitled  to 
                      participate  in the public school money on account of any school
                      or the attendance at any  school  subject  to  the
                      provisions  of  this  section, if the instruction required hereby is
                      not given therein.

                        2.  Study and care of live animals. Any school which cares for
                      or uses animals for study shall ensure  that  each  animal  in
                      such  school  be afforded  the  following: appropriate quarters;
                      sufficient space for the normal  behavior  and  postural
                      requirements  of  the  species;  proper ventilation,  lighting, and
                      temperature control; adequate food and clean
                      drinking water; and quarters which shall be cleaned on a
                      regular  basis and located in an area where undue stress and
                      disturbance are minimized.

                        3.  Application. The provisions of this section shall not be
                      construed to prohibit or constrain vocational instruction in the
                      normal  practice of   animal   husbandry,   or   prohibit  or
                      constrain  instruction  in environmental education
                      activities as established by the  department  of environmental
                      conservation.

                        4.  Dissection of animals. Any student expressing a moral or
                      religious objection to the performance or  witnessing  of  the
                      dissection  of  an animal,  either  wholly or in part, shall be
                      provided the opportunity to undertake and complete an
                      alternative project that shall be approved  by such  student`s
                      teacher;  provided,  however,  that  such  objection is
                      substantiated in writing by the  student`s  parent  or  legal
                      guardian.
                      Students  who perform alternative projects who do not perform
                      or witness the dissection of animals shall not be penalized.

                        5.  Treatment of live vertebrate animals. a. Except as
                      provided for in this subdivision, no school district, school
                      principal,  administrator, or  teacher  shall  require  or 
                      permit  the  performance of a lesson or experimental study on a
                      live vertebrate animal in  any  such  school  or
                      during  any activity conducted under the auspices of such
                      school whether or not the activity takes place on the premises
                      of  such  school  where such  lesson  or  experimental  study
                      employs: (i) micro-organisms which cause disease in humans or
                      animals, (ii) ionizing radiation, (iii) known cancer  producing
                      agents,  (iv)  chemicals  at  toxic levels, (v) drugs
                      producing pain or deformity, (vi) severe extremes of
                      temperature,  (vii) electric or other shock, (viii) excessive
                      noise, (ix) noxious fumes, (x) exercise to exhaustion, (xi)
                      overcrowding,  (xii)  paralysis  by  muscle relaxants or other
                      means, (xiii) deprivation or excess of food, water or other
                      essential nutrients, (xiv) surgery or other  invasive
                      procedures,
                      (xv) other extreme stimuli, or (xvi) termination of life.

                        b.  Notwithstanding  any  inconsistent  provision of this section, the
                      commissioner may, upon the submission of a written program  plan,
                      issue to  such  school  a  written  waiver  of  such
                      restrictions for students subject to the following provisions: (i) the
                      student shall be  in  grade ten,  eleven,  or  twelve;  and  (ii)  the
                      student  shall  be under the supervision of one or more teachers
                      certified in science; and (iii)  the student shall be pursuing an
                      accelerated course of study in the sciences as defined by the
                      commissioner in preparation  for  taking  a  state  or national 
                      advanced placement examination. The commissioner shall issue a
                      waiver of  such  restrictions  for  any  teacher  certified  in 
                      science instructing  such  student.  The written program plan shall
                      include, but not be limited to: (i) the educational basis for  requesting
                      a  waiver; (ii)  the  objective  of the lesson or
                      experiment; (iii) the methods and techniques to be used; and (iv) any
                      other information  required  by  the commissioner.

                        6.  Report.  On or before the first day of January next
                      succeeding the effective date of this amended section, the
                      commissioner shall  annually submit a report to the governor and the
                      legislature which shall include, but not be limited to, the number  of
                      written  program  plan  proposals submitted  by  schools  and  the
                      number  of such proposals subsequently approved by the
                      commissioner.  In  those  cases  where  a  program  plan
                      proposal  has  been  approved  by  the  commissioner, such plan shall
                      be appended to and become a part of the commissioner`s annual
                      report.

                          Sec.  810.   Conservation  day.  1.  The last Friday in April
                      each year is hereby made and declared to be known as
                      Conservation day,  and  observed  in  accordance  with  the
                      provisions of this chapter, except that for the year nineteen hundred
                      seventy-eight, Conservation day shall be May third.

                          2.   It  shall be the duty of the authorities of every public
                      school in this state to assemble the pupils in  their  charge  on
                      that  day  in the school building, or elsewhere, as they may
                      deem proper, and to provide for and  conduct  (1)  such 
                      exercises  as shall tend to encourage the planting, protection
                      and preservation of trees and shrubs, and an acquaintance with
                      the best methods to be  adopted  to  accomplish  such
                      results, and (2) such lectures, pictures or tours, as shall tend to
                      increase  the  interest  and knowledge  of  such  pupils  in  the
                      fish and wild life, soil and water of the state.

                          3.   The commissioner of education may prescribe from time to
                      time a course  of  exercises  and  instruction  in  the  subjects
                      hereinbefore  mentioned,  which  shall be adopted and observed by
                      the public school authorities on Conservation day.  Upon
                      receipt of  copies  of such course sufficient in number to supply all the
                      schools under their supervision, the school authorities

                      OREGON

                      336.067 Instruction in ethics and morality. (1) In public schools
                      special emphasis shall be given to instruction in:

                      (a) Honesty, morality, courtesy, obedience to law, respect for the
                      national flag, the Constitution of the United States and the
                      Constitution of the State of Oregon, respect for parents and the
                      home, the dignity and necessity of honest labor and other lessons
                      which tend to promote and develop an upright and desirable citizenry.

                      (b) Respect for all humans, regardless of race, color, creed,
                      national origin, religion, age, sex or disability.
                      Acknowledgment of the dignity and worth of individuals and
                      groups and their participative roles in society.

                      (c) Humane treatment of animals.

                      (d) The effects of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and controlled
                      substances upon the human system.

                      The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall prepare an
                      outline with suggestions which will best accomplish the purpose of       
                      this section, and shall incorporate the outline in the courses of study       
                      for all public schools. [Formerly 336.240; 1975 c.531 s.1; 1979 c.744
                      s.13; 1993 c.45 s.75]

                      WASHINGTON

                      RCW 28A.230.020
                      Common school curriculum -- Fundamentals in conduct.

                      All common schools shall give instruction in reading,
                      penmanship, orthography, written and mental arithmetic,
                      geography, the history of the United States, English
                      grammar, physiology and hygiene with special reference to
                      the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the human system,
                      science with special reference to the environment, and
                      such other studies as may be prescribed by rule or
                      regulation of the state board of education.   All
                      teachers shall stress the importance of the cultivation of
                      manners, the fundamental principles of honesty, honor,
                      industry and economy, the minimum requisites for good
                      health including the beneficial effect of physical
                      exercise and methods to prevent exposure to and
                      transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, and the
                      worth of kindness to all living creatures and the land.
                      The prevention of child abuse may be offered as part
                      of the curriculum in the common schools.

                      [1991 c 116 § 6; 1988 c 206 § 403; 1987 c 232 § 1; 1986 c 149 §
                      4; 1969 c 71 § 3; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.05.010.      Prior: 1909 p
                      262 § 2; RRS § 4681; prior: 1897 c 118 § 65; 1895 c 5 § 1; 1890 p
                      372 § 45; 1886 p 19 § 52.    Formerly RCW 28A.05.010,
                      28.05.010, and 28.05.020.]

                      NOTES:

                           Effective date -- 1988 c 206 §§ 402, 403: See note
                      following RCW 28A.230.070.

                           Severability -- 1988 c 206: See RCW 70.24.900.

                      Child abuse and neglect -- Development of primary
                      prevention program: RCW 28A.300.160.Districts to develop
                      programs and establish programs regarding child abuse and
                      neglect prevention: RCW 28A.230.080.


                      WISCONSIN

                      UNOFFICIAL TEXT
                      Chapter 14
                           14.16
                                                             
                      14.16
                      14.16 Holiday proclamations. 
                      14.16(1)
                      (1) Arbor and Bird Day.  The governor, by proclamation, may set
                      apart one day each year to be designated as Arbor and Bird Day,
                      and may request its observance by all schools, colleges and other
                      institutions by the planting of trees, the adornment of school and
                      public grounds and by suitable exercises having for their object the
                      advancement of the study of arboriculture, the promotion of a spirit
                      of protection to birds and trees and the cultivation of an
                      appreciative sentiment concerning
                      them.

                      14.16(2)
                      (2) Citizenship Day.  The governor may also set aside, by
                      proclamation, the 3rd Sunday in May in each year to be
                      designated as Citizenship Day, and shall request its observance by all
                      circuit court judges, county boards, municipalities,
                      colleges and other institutions, by suitable exercises for all those
                      persons who have recently become enfranchised either by
                      naturalization or by reaching their majority on the necessity of
                      exercising responsible, vigilant and intelligent citizenship to
                      safeguard and maintain our inalienable American liberties,
                      freedom of person, stability, strength, endurance of our
                      democratic institutions, ideals and leadership.


                      FLORIDA

                      233.09

                      (a)  When recommending instructional materials for use in the           
                     schools, each  committee shall include only instructional materials that
                      accurately portray  the ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and racial
                      diversity of our society, including men and women in professional,
                      vocational, and executive roles, and  the role and contributions of the
                      entrepreneur and labor in the total
                      development of this state and the United States.

                         (b) When recommending instructional materials for use in the
                           schools, each  committee shall include only materials which accu
                      rately portray, whenever  appropriate, humankind's place
                      in ecological systems, including the necessity for the protection
                      of our environment and conservation of our
                      natural resources and the effects on the human system of the use of
                      tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, and other
                      dangerous substances.

                      (c)  When recommending instructional materials for use in the 
                      schools, each  committee shall require such materials as it deems ne
                      cessary and proper to  encourage thrift, fire prevention, and humane
                      treatment of people and
                      animals.

                      (d)  When recommending instructional materials for use in the
                      schools, each committee shall require, when appropriate to the com       
                      prehension of pupils,  that materials for social science,
                      history, or civics classes contain the  Declaration of
                      Independence and the Constitution of the United States. No
                      instructional materials shall be recommended by any committee for
                      use in the schools which contain any matter reflecting
                      unfairly upon persons because of  their race, color, creed, national
                      origin, ancestry, gender, or occupation.

                      History.--s. 709, ch. 19355, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 892(221); s. 9,
                      ch. 59-282;
                      s. 2, ch. 61-322; s. 6, ch. 67-181; ss. 15, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch.
                      69-300;
                      s. 6, ch. 69-402; s. 1, ch. 72-51; s. 3, ch. 74-337; s. 4, ch. 78-323;
                      ss. 3,
                      4, 5, ch. 81-56; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 2, ch. 83-265; s. 6, ch. 84-94;
                      s.
                      67, ch. 84-336; s. 8, ch. 85-109; s. 1, ch. 89-189; s. 11, ch.
                      89-298; ss. 5,
                      15, 16, ch. 91-182; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 5, ch. 92-100; s. 1289, ch.
                      95-147;
                      s. 3, ch. 97-285; s. 38, ch. 99-398.

                      LOUISIANA

                      266. Kindness to dumb animals

                      The state board of education may take such steps as it may
                      think necessary and wise to provide for the teaching of
                      kindness to dumb animals in the public schools, it being
                      understood that the state superintendent of education, by the
                      direction of the board, will issue such suggestions and furnish
                      such information to the superintendents and teachers as the
                      board may deem appropriate and necessary.

                      NORTH DAKOTA

                      15-38-11.

                      Teaching humane treatment of animals. Oral instruction in the
                      humane treatment of animals must be given in each
                      public school.

                      PENNSYLVANIA

                      [P.S.] § 15-1514.  Humane education

                      Instruction in humane education shall be given to all pupils up
                      to and including the fourth grade, and need not exceed half an
                      hour each week during the whole school term. No cruel
                      experiment on any living creature shall be permitted in any
                      public school of this Commonwealth.


                      ALABAMA
                      Repealed

                      MICHIGAN
                      Repealed

                      SOUTH DAKOTA   

                      13-33-8.   Arbor Day -- Instruction on tree and shrub planting.
                      Repealed by
                      SL 1995, ch 87, §   47.

                      NEW HAMPSHIRE

                      TITLE 62
                      Criminal Code
                      CHAPTER 644
                      Breaches of the Peace and Related Offenses
                      SECTION 644:8-c
                      § 644:8-c  Animal Use in Science Classes and Science Fairs. 

                         (a) "Animal" means any member of the kingdom of Animalia.

                         (b) "Vertebrate animal" means any animal belonging to the
                      subphylum Vertebrata of the phylum Chordata, and specifically
                      includes all mammals, fishes, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

                         II. Live vertebrate animals shall not be used in experiments
                      or observational studies, with the following exceptions:

                         (a) Observational studies may be made of the normal living patterns
                      of wild animals, in the free living state or in zoological parks, gar
                       dens, or aquaria.

                         (b) Observational studies may be made of the living patterns of
                      vertebrate animals in the classroom.

                         (c) Observational studies on bird egg embryos are permitted.
                      However, if normal bird embryos are to be allowed to hatch,
                      satisfactory humane consideration shall be made for disposal of the
                      baby birds.

                         (d) Vertebrate animal cells such as red blood cells or other
                      tissue cells, plasma or serum, or anatomical specimens, such as
                      organs, tissues, or skeletons, may be used in experiments or
                      observational studies.

                         III. No school principal, administrator or teacher shall
                      allow any live vertebrate animal to be used in any elementary
                      or secondary school, or in any activity associated with such
                      school, such as science fairs, as part of a scientific experiment
                      or procedure in which the health of the animal is interfered
                      with, or in which pain, suffering, or distress is caused. Such
                      experiments and procedures include, but are not limited to,
                      surgery, anesthetization, and the inducement by any means of
                      painful, lethal, or pathological conditions through techniques
                      that include, but are not limited to:

                         (a) Administration of drugs;

                         (b) Exposure to pathogens, ionizing radiation, carcinogens, or to
                      toxic or hazardous substances;

                         (c) Deprivation; or

                         (d) Electric shock or other distressing stimuli.

                         IV. All experiments on live vertebrate animals which are not
                      prohibited by this section shall be carried out under the
                      supervision of a competent science teacher who shall be
                      responsible for ensuring that the student has the necessary
                      comprehension for the study to be undertaken.

                         V. No person shall, in the presence of a pupil in any elementary or
                      secondary school, perform any of the procedures or
                      experiments described in paragraph III or exhibit any vertebrate
                      animal that has been used in such manner. Dissection of any dead
                      animal, or portions thereof, shall be confined to the presence of
                      students engaged in the study to be promoted by the dissections.

                         VI. Science fair projects originating in other states that do not
                      conform with the provisions of this section shall not be
                      exhibited within the state.

                         VII. Any live animal kept in any elementary or secondary
                      school shall be housed and cared for in a humane and safe
                      manner and shall be the personal responsibility of the teacher
                      or other adult supervisor of the project or study.

                         VIII. Ordinary agricultural procedures taught in animal husbandry
                      courses shall not be prohibited by this section.

                         IX. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


                        Source. 1985, 54:1, eff. June 22, 1985.


                      Tennessee and Wyoming may also have humane education laws,
                      but we have been unable to locate the laws at this point.  If you
                      have further information on these possible laws please contact us

     

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