Lincolnshire Girl Wins PETA Award for Petition Urging an End to Dissection

For Immediate Release:

21 December 2015


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Student Nets Over 31,800 Signatures in Appeal for End to Cruel A-Level Requirement

Barton- Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire – Courtesy of PETA, 15-year-old Lincolnshire resident Lily Worfolk has received the group’s prestigious Compassionate Teen Award for her work for animals. In addition to adopting a meat-free diet and creating a magazine that sheds light on various issues affecting animals, the teen netted over 31,800 signatures for her petition calling for an end to animal dissection in schools. Dissection is currently required curriculum for biology A-levels, as set by the Department of Education.

A photo of Lily with her award is available here

Lily took action after she was asked to dissect a cow’s heart in her biology class, launching her petition targeting Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and following it up with posts on social media. She also used her magazine as a platform to discuss why all students should have access to state-of-the-art virtual dissection software and sophisticated simulators, which save animals’ lives and offer a better learning experience.

“Teaching young people that animals are disposable teaching tools sells everyone short”, says PETA Associate Director Elisa Allen. “Lily’s work has shined a new spotlight on the cruelty inherent in this practice, and for that, we are grateful. Her compassion for animals and determination to create a better world for them is a wonderful example for other teens – and adults – to follow.”

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. As noted by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – the animals or parts of animals used in lessons typically come from biological suppliers who may breed and kill the animals themselves or acquire them from pet shops, abattoirs or animal dealers.

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