Lifelong animal lovers were often faced with a troubling dilemma back in high school. Although many of us were very interested in learning about biology, the dread of knowing you’d have to dissect a cat or fetal pig often prevented us from furthering our studies in this area. If you took a pass on advanced biology class, or had to endure the dissection of a cat in the lab portion of the class, you’ll be interested to hear about a Virginia student named Brynnan and her anti-cat dissection petition you can sign at change.org.
Brynnan’s interest in science led her to take an anatomy class at Culpeper High School. She was shocked to hear she’d have to dissect a cat. The teacher actually told the class to pick a black cat if they had a white cat at home, or a white cat if they had a black cat as a pet! Brynnan was horrified at the idea of dissecting any cat, regardless of fur color.
A sensitive animal lover, Brynnan didn’t know how to deal with this troubling situation. She talked to her mother Tamira Thayne about it and asked if she could be homeschooled to avoid the trauma of dissecting a companion animal. Her mom decided that she would take her out of the school in order to protect her from the psychological distress.
Tamira also decided to try to help other students, first at Brynnan’s old high school, and eventually at high schools around the country. She started a petition at change.org requesting that Brynnan’s school district ban cat dissection in class. If you agree that there are other, less traumatizing and more humane ways to teach anatomy to teenagers (such as 3D models or computer simulations), you can show your support on this issue and sign the petition, too!
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