Sam doesn’t disagree with Riley—but he worries about how the frogs end up in the classroom.
Animal rights groups claim that many frogs that students dissect are caught in the wild and killed. Sam believes that’s cruel—and bad for the environment. Frogs are important because they eat bugs. If too many frogs are killed, insect populations can get out of control.
Plus, some teachers argue that forcing students to dissect frogs isn’t fair. It could even make them hate science. “Dissecting an animal can be really upsetting to kids,” says Lynn Walkuski, a sixth-grade science teacher, “and it’s really hard to learn when you’re upset.”