California Bill Would Encourage Phase Out of Animal Dissection in Classrooms

California Assembly Bill 2640 would “strongly encourage, by July 1, 2028, public schools to phase out utilizing live or dead animals or animal parts in a course of study, except as provided, and to use alternative methods to deliver the same instructional material.” The bill also would amend existing law, which allows a student to refrain from animal dissection if their teacher can provide an alternative, to require educators to provide alternatives to students who choose to not participate in the dissection of animals. It further would require educators to provide written notice to students regarding the opportunity to opt out, the sourcing and environmental impacts of the animals used for dissection, and the chemicals the students would be exposed to. The bill was referred to the Assembly Committee on Education.