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Study bio, but don’t dissect frogs!

Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani shoots ad for PETA, urges biology students and institutions not to torture living beings for sake of subject.

entertainment Updated: Jul 20, 2011 15:04 IST
Serena Menon

After encouraging the world to not use fur, consume dairy products or hunt, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with the help of hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani are urging biology students and educational institutions around the world to stop dissecting frogs and other living beings for the purpose of study.

Bhavnani joins the league of numerous celebrities, who in their own way have shown their support towards PETA’s cause through adverts. “When I was in school, I used to hate doing dissection. Watching a frog being tortured under the influence of chloroform wasn’t a good feeling,” says Bhavnani. “It’s cruel and I don’t think anyone deserves to be treated like that.” Dissection is considered an essential part of learning in biology as an academic and practical subject. It involves students cutting open the body of smaller living creatures like frogs and rats, that under the influence of chloroform, are analysed understand the workings of their living system.

But Bhavnani, who in the PETA ad poses with a pair of scissors next to a caption that reads ‘Cut Hair, Not Frogs’, refuses to believe that there are no humane ways of achieving the same. “Today, with the amount of technological advances, you can learn how to fly a plane with a game, or even on your iPhone. C’mon...” she insists. “There are loads of ways of simulating the effect of dissection and programmes that will serve the same purpose without killing someone. I refuse to believe that a frog or rat has to be murdered to understand an idea.”