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Dissection is the practice of cutting up an animal into several parts
for scientific examination. Below the university level, frogs are the most
commonly dissected animals. Other animals used include cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, mice,
pigeons, foxes, mink and rats.
“Taking into account that biology is the
science of life, and that it is not coherent to base the teaching of such a
science on the death of other beings ... [and] giving priority to creation
and not to destruction ... the ministry resolves to ban vivisection and
dissection of animals in teaching establishments ...”
-- Argentine Ministry of Education and
Where do the Animals Come From?
Frogs are taken from the wild. Most other animals come
from biological supply facilities. These facilities embalm animals and
supply them to institutions and businesses that use animals in
experiments. Animals are sold to these supply houses by dealers, pet
stores, shelters and slaughterhouses.
Fetal pigs used in experiments are removed from the
bodies of their pregnant mothers at slaughterhouses.
Cats are Embalmed and Prepped for
Click to play the clip by David Gallagher
Classroom dissection desensitizes students to the sanctity of life and
can even cause some students to inflict harm on animals elsewhere. They
are completely useless to students who aren't interested in a career in
science and can be replaced by sophisticated alternatives, like computer
programs, for students who are.
“Year after year, animals are
used to demonstrate the same well-known principles— although
sophisticated models, videotapes, and computer simulations have many
advantages, including reusability and durability. ... Biology should be
the study of life. Dissection ... teaches only death.”
Eric Dunayer, V.M.D.
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Dog Embalmed and Prepped for