PETA Will Encourage Houston-Area Schools to Stop Dissecting Animals
For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Houston – What: Starting on Thursday, a “pig” and a “frog” will lead PETA supporters in spirited protests urging Houston-area school districts to end their animal-dissection programs and embrace humane science education by using modern computer-based teaching tools instead. The protests follow letters sent by TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division, asking school districts with ties to Bio Corporation—a dissection-specimen supplier that PETA exposed last fall—to end animal dissection.
When: Thursday, October 4, 5 p.m.
Where: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, 10300 Jones Rd., Houston
When: Monday, October 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Klein Independent School District, 7200 Spring Cypress Rd., Klein
When: Monday, October 15, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Willis Independent School District, 204 W. Rogers St., Willis
When: Tuesday, October 16, 5 p.m.
Where: Conroe Independent School District, 3205 W. Davis St., Conroe
PETA’s video exposé of Bio Corporation—which is located in Alexandria, Minnesota—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.”
“Animal dissection teaches kids that living beings are disposable and downplays the fact that animals are often violently killed for these exercises,” says peta2 Associate Director Rachelle Owen. “PETA is calling on Houston-area schools to stop encouraging students to mutilate corpses and to implement superior digital-dissection programs and interactive simulations instead.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” notes that non-animal educational tools have been shown to teach anatomy as well as—and, in many cases, better than—dissection.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.