The Truth About Classroom Dissection

As I have stated in many posts below, I sincerely doubt the cats were obtained from shelters. I stated the reasons.

Carolina Biological refuses to validate the claim that that is where they obtained the cats by providing contact numbers for these alleged supplying shelters.

Also, the problem of logistics of non-frozen cats made the issue of closeness to Carolina. It appears they are killed close by so they can process the cats before they decompose as would happen to day or two old cats from a shelter.

I just got confirmation of all my doubts from PETA. I am requesting a tape of their undercover video as mentioned below.

From PETA:

Today, many students protest and educators question the destruction of life in the name of education.

People are concerned not only about taking the life of innocent animals, but also about the pain and suffering that animals usually experience on the way to the dissection table.

Dissection Hurts Animals

Animals used in the dissection industry suffer terribly before they reach the classroom. PETA’s undercover investigation of one major biological supply company exposed gross cruelty to live animals who were received and killed at the facility—even after facility officials stated that no live animals were accepted there.

Because of the video footage from the investigation, veterinarians from the U.S. Department of Agriculture testified that the company pumped formaldehyde into cats while they were still alive.

If you would like to borrow a copy of the video “Classroom Cut-Ups” to share with your professor or a member of the administration, please e-mail

Where Do They Come From?

Here in the U.S., some animals are raised specifically for dissection, while others are purchased from fur farmers and factory farmers, supporting two horrific industries that kill billions of animals and destroy the environment. Still others animals are collected by people called “bunchers,” who answer free-to-a-good home ads and pick up stray animals and companion animals who have wandered off. They have even been known to steal animals from people’s yards. If you wouldn’t kill and dismember your dog or cat, why do it to someone else’s companion?

It’s not much different in the U.K.—many schools refuse to rear or kill the animals themselves, obtaining them from specialist suppliers instead.

The breeding and killing of animals at the hands of these suppliers causes the animals unbearable stress and suffering—they’re usually raised in extremely crowded, barren cages—and their deaths are equally horrific.

In the U.K., methods of killing include the use of chloroform or ether, dislocation of the neck, suffocation with carbon dioxide, stunning, and freezing.

The Following Incidents of Cruelty Are Not Isolated

In the 1990s, animal welfare investigators uncovered cases of cruelty to animals in which cats from Mexico were being killed and trucked to the U.S. to be sold to schools for dissection. An Arizona-based company called Southwestern Scientific was one of the U.S. importers of these cats.

They were being rounded up by poor street children, who were paid $1 for every cat they caught back in 1994. The cats were then stuffed into a bag, which was plunged into a barrel of water until the animals were dead.

In 1995, authorities who raided a chicken farm in Monterrey, Mexico, found the carcasses of 800 cats who had been killed for U.S. laboratory research. The millions of animals used in classroom dissections are killed with more regard for profit than for the animals’ well-being.

Dissection Hurts Students

Animals used for dissection are often embalmed with formaldehyde or a chemical derived from formaldehyde, a preservative linked to cancers of the throat, lungs, and nasal passages, as well as a variety of other health problems.

In addition to the harmful physical effects on individuals, there are important psychological issues to consider. In his last interview before his death, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer said that his fascination with death and dismemberment began when he dissected animals at school.

I hope the blind people that have been sending the comments get the picture.

Here is a link to a PETA brochure about dissection aimed at students. It offers alternatives.

From the Urban Cat Project:

Over 100,000 cats are dissected annually in U.S. high schools, and many more in Universities and Colleges across the country. Cats are one of the most frequently dissected animals in the student's laboratory.

Cats are obtained for dissection through a variety of sources including biological supply companies (who raise and kill cats specifically for dissection), and animal dealers sometimes known as Class B dealers (licensed animal brokers).

Class B dealers obtain cats through "free to a good home" ads, by stealing stray pets, and from animal shelters where such practice is allowed. Both biological supply companies and Class B dealers are notorious for animal cruelty.


Anonymous said...

Makes me want to get a gun (now that it's becoming legal) and go postal on the profiteers, the enablers, and the $1 people raising and drowning these animals for dissection in Mexico.

I couldn't look at all the pic's---brings back all the post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from tearing up these innocent creatures "in the name of education."

These are very good posts, Dr. Muzika.

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful to you Ed for bringing this subject to the forefront. It is something people don't want to think about, but we all need to so we can stop it.


Lyndamarie said...

How can I work to publicize this cat holocaust? Who is working on this issue and what is their contact information? I want to work to stoop this abuse.

Lyndamarie said...

Who is working to stop this cat holocaust? I want to work with them. Where are people get so upset about puppy mills? This is even worse.

Anonymous said...

this world is so corrupted. I freaking hate the human species so cruel. so many problems in this world too many to list