Did you know that all across the country high school students are expected to skin and cut up cats in the classrooms?
High School Students. The very same ones who are more interested in who’s dating who and whatever the latest video game craze is.
Most people don’t know and are horrified. I didn’t know either.
In early December I started a petition when I found out my daughter was expected to do just that at Culpeper County High School in Virginia. She is very interested in human anatomy, but the mere thought of skinning a cat that was the same species as her precious kitty Sparta (aka Booboo) left her speechless.
And left me motivated to take action on behalf of the students who care and these companion animals who are being denied respect even in death.
I’m happy to report that as of today our petition has reached 87,000 signatures and climbing! If you haven’t signed and shared yet, I hope you will. These cats and these students who are traumatized by this archaic requirements need our help. https://www.change.org/p/don-t-force-our-children-to-skin-cats
Since I put out the petition I discovered some very stomach-turning evidence of the levels of indifference to the suffering of animals these kinds of classroom ‘activities’ engender in today’s youth.
Consider what happened in one Oklahoma City classroom as a result of cat dissection in the classroom: “The disturbing footage posted to Facebook shows nine young students from the flagship charter school – which is rated among the best schools in the USA – making the cat corpses ‘dance’ to music in a school laboratory while being ‘conducted’ by another student.”
Read more and see the video for yourself here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3111455/School-ends-feline-dissection-anatomy-students-make-dead-cats-dance-Meow-Mix-theme-song-post-video-online.html#ixzz3wJ3lUx4x
After the public outcry, the school ended cat dissection. And that’s what I want too, not only in Oklahoma City, but also at Culpeper County High School in Virginia, and every other school in the U.S.
People are actually tracking me down through Facebook to tell me I should STFU about dissecting cats in the classroom. One guy said “My daughter dissected a cat in nursing school, and now she’s a nurse.”
I get it. She couldn’t POSSIBLY have become a HUMAN nurse without cutting up a cat.
Another said she had to do the same thing, and HAD TO ASK HER FRIEND TO CUT OFF THE EARS BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO TRAUMATIZED TO DO IT HERSELF, but instead of protecting my daughter I should teach her that it’s not ok.
Um…I THINK that’s what I’m doing.
Can you imagine being SO PSYCHED TO SKIN AND CUT UP CATS that you track someone down through Facebook just to argue with them about it, because you want it to continue?
Seems pretty bizarre to me.
Animal dissection in the classroom is prohibited in Argentina, Israel, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic, and Switzerland, and is being phased out in England, Germany, Sweden, and India. There are many humane alternatives, including lifesize models that could be purchased by the school system that would more than pay for themselves in just a few years.
I’m told that most schools are paying between $25-$40 for each cat. What. The Hell.
Miami-Dade school district in Florida banned cat dissection in the classroom in June of 2015. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article25028401.html
If they can do it, so can we! Please sign the petition and share. Keep it going. We can put an end to this kind of abuse of companion animals and the students who love them.
Sign and share here: https://www.change.org/p/don-t-force-our-children-to-skin-cats