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Animal Use Position Statement

Animal Use Position Statement
Adopted June 2016

The mission of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) is to promote excellence in the teaching of anatomy and physiology.

Part of promoting excellent anatomy and physiology teaching is recognizing elements of instruction that provide meaningful support to developing and fostering an understanding of structure and function by our students. One such critical instructional element is the exploration and dissection of animal tissues, organs, and bodies. HAPS supports animal use as a cornerstone of anatomy and physiology instruction, provided that such animal use conforms with federal and state statutes governing such use, and fulfills clearly-defined educational objectives.    

HAPS further believes that science educators should retain responsibility for making decisions regarding the educational use of animals for the betterment of their student’s learning. HAPS opposes any blanket restrictions on animal use as encroachments on the academic freedom and decision-making role of course directors in choosing how best to meet their educational objectives.