Compassionate Teen Makes Appeal for End to Cruel A-Level Requirement

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Lily Worfolk - PETA TeenWhen 15-year-old Lincolnshire resident Lily Worfolk was asked to dissect a cow’s heart in class, she took a stand. Because dissection is required in A-level biology curricula, as set by the Department for Education, Lily launched a petition targeting Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan to call for an end to animal dissection in schools.

Lily also runs a magazine that sheds light on various issues affecting animals, and she used that platform to help net over 31,800 signatures for her petition. She’s encouraging her school to offer access to state-of-the-art software and sophisticated simulators, which save animals’ lives and offer a better learning experience.

Lily’s work has shined a new spotlight on the cruelty inherent in dissection, and to show our gratitude, we have awarded her PETA’s Compassionate Teen Award!

Every year, millions of animals – including cats, frogs, rats, mice and foetal pigs – are dissected in schools and universities around the world. Studies have repeatedly shown that virtual dissection is more effective for teaching biology than cutting up dead animals. And animals or parts of animals used in lessons typically come from biological suppliers that may breed and kill the animals themselves or acquire them from pet shops, abattoirs or animal dealers.

Lily’s compassion for animals and determination to create a better world for them is a wonderful example for other teens – and adults – to follow. Well done, Lily!

If you know any children or teens who go out of their way to help animals, please nominate them for an award. And if you are an educator, please order PETA’s education materials, which help teachers instil empathy in young people so that they will recognise their role in protecting animals from harm.


  • Sensible commented on February 26, 2016 at 9:46 am

    You should not be praising a kid for going agains school athority

    • Linda commented on March 23, 2016 at 10:13 am

      ‘Sensible’ you have given yourself the wrong name. The only way things will change if is students protest. This girl is a brilliant example of a caring student who has chosen to think for herself rather than accepting the status quo. School these days is all about stuffing in information to be regurgitated in exams. Lily is a wonderful human being who cares and who has taken the time to think about animals rather than just herself and her exam result. Lily – I don’t know you but I think you are a credit to your school and your family.

  • Response commented on March 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Sometimes going against an authority, is the right thing to do. The praise is for standing up for animal rights.

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