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Victory! Oakton Community College Gets Smart

Written by PETA | November 6, 2009

It’s been years since my high school biology class, but I still remember the smell of the rotting pig corpses that we mutilated over the course of a nightmarish three-day lab. Piled in the corner of the room in a black garbage bag, the carcasses emanated a rancid smell that only got worse each day, and after each lab period, we all ate lunch in the same room—the lab doubled as our cafeteria.

Today, though, it’s the sweet smell of victory that I’m waking up to. Nine months ago, a compassionate student at Oakton Community College contacted PETA about a professor who was having students in an anatomy and physiology class cut open live rats and mudpuppies to observe how their organs worked. We immediately contacted school officials to share information on the intelligent, complex animals who were being tormented and killed for these experiments and presented officials with cruelty-free and effective educational alternatives. This week, Oakton Community College let us know that it has stopped using live animals in ALL of its classes!


shiachat / CC


We’re urging all schools (hear that, ASU?) to follow Oakton’s enlightened path and replace their cruel classroom animal experiments with modern, more effective non-animal learning methods. Biology is the study of life—it just doesn’t make any sense to kill animals to teach it. Urge schools in your area to get smart and go cruelty-free.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • says:

    Victory Oakton Community College Gets Smart.. He-he-he 🙂

  • mariette says:

    all form of cruelty to any kind of animals are stupid, no such a thing should be forbidden.

  • alicia says:

    Thank you PETA! Thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves!!! ANOTHE VICTORY!!Awesome job!

  • Kurt K says:

    Jared Yes parents have every right to raise their children the way they see fit. Having said that when they abuse rape andor kill their children they are punished which they deserve. But then again that is against the law. If you are religious it is against the law of God as well. I really don’t have a clue how a human child compares to rats and mudpuppies. I hate when people pull the extremes as examples. Experiementing on mudpuppies is perfectly legal. When you speak of morals is it not also morally wrong to kill or abort and unborn child? Yet many on this blog think it is the woman’s right. That may not be relevent but it is away to show how all people see morals differently.

  • Sammy Girl says:

    HELLO!?!? There were animals in that room…BEING KILLED!!! And they had 2 eat in there?!? Isn’t that like a saftey hazard? This guy is completly insane! This isn’t just tourture 4 the animals it’s toutre for the students too!!! They had 2 cut them open while they were still alive and had 2 eat in the same room as filling pools of BLOOD in a trash bag in the corner of the room!!!!!!!!! Can SOMEONE please tell me if the “professer” was banned from the university? Becaue if he wasn’t then i am sooo fileing a complaint!!! This just isn’t right or even normal!!! What kind of sickko is this RETARD anyway and what gives him the right to use animals in this way?!? And to the sick little monster of a professer u little b….c!!

  • mooly says:

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! THAT IS SO GROSS!why cut open live animals!! that is CRULE!and that is really gross 2 b in a room with a bag of dead animals in it!! if i were in that class i wouldent come i wouldnt even care if i faild that stupied class!!!and having to eat in the same ROOM!! that is crazy and i say “STOP BEING COMPLETE IDOTS AND START BEING SENSEIBLY”!!!!!

  • Adriana Rodreguieze says:

    What kind of sickko is this “professer” anyway? and why did he choose to experament on live animals insted of dead ones that died in a natural way? it makes me sooo mad to see this kind of a monster is he?!?! lindsayewww he’s a jerk!!!!

  • Nikki says:

    Mudpuppies and rats are so cute how could anyone just cut them open when there still alive!? Thats sick. Im happy someone stood up.

  • Jared says:

    Kevin Are there no moral imperatives merely because they created what they are destroying? Are parents free to do with their children as they’d like whether it be abuse rape or murder? Since there are a number of extrapolation problems when conducting animal experiments do you suggest instead that we should breed humans specifically to be experimented on and killed? It would provide exponentially more relevant data.

  • RJ says:

    if biology is the study of life then taking life away doesnt help you learn at all…

  • Kevin says:

    The animals used in this study are bred specifically to be killed and studied. If there were no studying the animals then the animals would not have been created in the first place. There is no better way to learn about anatomy than by using actual animals. Even human bodies are studied to learn anatomy. Should we wait until the animals die and then use their bodies like we do for humans? This tiny moment of success in Oakton will never be spread uniformly throughout the country.

  • Jackie says:

    What is that cute creature you have as a part of this post? Seriously it’s cute like a Muppet!

  • lynda downie says:

    What a great victory for the rats and mudpuppies. Kudos to the student who reported it Peta and Oakton for its response.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I live within ten miles of Oakton college. I don’t think any Chicago newspapers have covered this great crueltyfree story. Time to write letters now !!!

  • Lisa says:

    My anatomy class in college has had us “kill” frogs and rats. The thing that I didnt like was their heart was still beating. The teacher swore over and over that they were dead and could feel nothing but I felt very uneasy.

  • Toby Saunders says:

    It makes sense to kill animals to teach biology but it’s unethical. Lots of awful things make sense from a utilitarian perspective I heard a Conservative guy who was on George W. Bush’s bioethics committee say yesterday that killing chickens made sense because it was cheap…he even laughed when he said it like he knew he was getting away with something cruel. ‘Making sense’ is different from ‘doing good’ simply put.