Synthetic Frogs in the Classroom

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Fake frogs? It’s a real thing. A high school in Florida has begun using synthetic frogs for students to do classroom dissections. J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey began using the fake amphibians last week — becoming the first school in the world to use them. The frogs are made of water, fibers and salts — and can be reused. They are made by SynDaver and cost $150 apiece. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided some of the funding to develop the synthetic frogs. PETA says 3 million frogs are killed for use in classrooms each year.