A 17-year-old Iowa girl won a trip to the 1974 International Science and Engineering Fair by grafting skin onto 12 mice in the basement of her home after only talking with a veterinarian. One mouse died, one sloughed off the graft, and the others were killed by the student with an overdose of ether. A 15-year-old Kentucky boy won a trip to the same fair by trapping three squirrels in a park, confining them to cages in his basement, and giving them electric shocks over a period of several months to learn if they would respond to visual tests. This is the type of relationship with animals that some school systems in the United States are encouraging. It is a far cry from the "respect for all life" that the Humane Society of the United States would like to see demonstrated and taught to young people in the nation's schools.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1975 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Hoyt, John A.
"Do We Misuse Animals in School Science Projects?,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 12
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol12/iss1/4