‘Cat,’ ‘Pig’ to Protest School District’s Ties to Grisly Dissection-Specimen Supplier

PETA Will Urge Township H.S. District 113 to Switch to Humane Education, Stop Dissecting Animals Supplied by Bio Corporation

For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Highland Park, Ill.What:    On Wednesday, a “cat” and a “pig” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited protest urging Township H.S. District 113 to end its animal-dissection program and embrace humane science education by using modern computer-based learning tools instead of animals. The protest follows letters sent by TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division, urging school districts that acquired animals from Bio Corporation—a dissection-specimen supplier PETA exposed last fall—to end animal dissection.

When:    Wednesday, May 30, 12 noon

Where:    1040 Park Ave. W. (near the intersection of Park Avenue W. and Skokie Valley Road), Highland Park

PETA’s video exposé of  Minnesota-based Bio Corporation showed workers drowning conscious pigeons in a vat of water, injecting live crayfish with liquid latex dye to kill them, and discussing how frozen turtles shipped to the facility sometimes came “back to life” and were then refrozen. The company’s workers also kept dozens of dead cats’ collars hanging from a shelf as a “tradition.”

According to records, Township H.S. District 113 paid Bio Corporation $4,223 last year alone.

“Animal dissection teaches children that living beings are disposable and downplays the fact that they were once alive and are often violently killed for these exercises,” says Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “PETA is calling on schools to stop encouraging students to mutilate corpses and to implement superior digital dissection and interactive simulations instead.”

PETA notes that non-animal educational tools have been shown to teach anatomy as well as—and, in many cases, better than—dissection.

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