Portland Community College Ends Rat Dissections

August 2010

PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department (LID) was contacted by a concerned student about anatomy and physiology courses at Portland Community College in which more than 250 rats were being dissected each year. LID immediately contacted the school to urge its administrators to end the cruel procedures and sent information about modern, humane, and educationally superior teaching methods. In response, the school evaluated the information we provided and decided to replace the use of rats in all anatomy and physiology courses at one of the College’s campuses with sophisticated models.

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