A Study on the Animal Dissection Experiment of Minor Students


  • Kyoung-hee Baek


There are various opinions on whether the effect of learning is existence of students who have undergone dissection experiments on living animals of elementary, middle, and high school students who are minors. The negative effects of the dissection experiment are that it undermines the right to life of the animal, which is the object, and that underage students can confuse the spiritual impact and value through the process of anatomy.

Since the regulations on animal experiments in Korea have been stipulated by the law since 2007, elementary, middle, and high schools were not accepted as subject to carry out animal experiments in Korea's legal system. In current curriculum, there is no education about bioethics, animal rights, animal experiment ethics before animal experiment. In addition, there is no systematic education and guidance on animal experiment ethics and procedures for teachers who lead animal dissection experiments, as well as supervision and management of animal management and disposal procedures before and after animal dissection experiments.

In the United States, the federal Act on Animal Welfare does not directly limit the experiment of animal dissection of minors. However, in each state, when a minor student conducts an animal dissection at school, he or she is entitled to take alternative assignments without participating in the experiment, depending on the student's ethical and religious values.

Therefore, in order to allow the ministry animal dissection experiment of minor students to be allowed according to the legal system in the future, considering the protection of animals, educational purpose and the safety of dissection experiment.

Author Biography

Kyoung-hee Baek

Associate professor, Inha University Lawschool