Pregnant cats! This is shocking. PETA via the Care2 Petitions website has successfully asked visitors to sign their petition. The objective: to urge Santa Monica College to stop dissenting pregnant cats. The target is 40k signatures; the current number is 37k.
It is reported that ‘recent eyewitness footage’ revealed the practice. I presume a PETA staffer is the eyewitness. We are also informed that PETA has offered to donate ‘superior non-animal methods’ to the college.
THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS THEY ARE DISTASTEFUL. THE PETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
There have been petitions like this in the past. Nowadays it is unnecessary to dissect animals. Alternative methods are available which do not require the dissection of real animals.
The practice begs many questions: where do they get the bodies from? Shelters? Cat rescue organisations? If so doesn’t this represent a conflict of interest at the shelter? How does it effect psychologically the students who do the dissecting? Does the process devalue the cat in the eyes of the public?
I believe that we can confidently state that dissection of companion animals can no longer be justified. The dissection of pregnant cats is particularly distasteful.