By now everyone has heard of, read about or blogged on the Utah high school that allowed a live dog to be disected in one of it’s classes. The school has issued a rebuttal to what they have claimed is misleading media reports and misconceptions about the incident.
Part of their claim centers around the origin of the dog, it was a stray scheduled to be euthanized, and that it was placed under anesthesia prior to the vivisection.
The school said the animal was found in the surrounding mountains by a family who tried to give it a home.
“The dog was vicious and couldn’t be kept, so it was taken to an animal clinic,” the statement said. “The veterinarian kept the dog 14 days, but the dog was mean and not adoptable. It was determined that the dog would have to be euthanized.”
The high school said the advanced biology class with seven seniors and one junior traveled to the animal clinic after each parent was contacted by phone for permission.
On the face of it that sounds reasonable. But note the school doesn’t state what the parents were told. Were they informed the experiment would be conducted on a live animal? It’s an open question.
The substitute teacher Doug Bierregaard said the lesson would allow students to see the organs actually working.
“I thought that it would be just really a good experience if they could see the digestive system in the living animal,” he said.
The school’s principal, Kirk Anderson, said he supported the lesson.
“Most of the students said it was a ‘positive learning experience,'” Anderson told the Tribune.
Personally I don’t see that much to complain about, if the parents had full knowledge of what would occur, and the dog was a stray scheduled to be euthanized. But I do question if the end result justified the methods used. In this age of computer generated graphics why use a live animal? My “uneducated” guess is the top veterinary medicine schools have CG programs that would serve the same function as a live animal. If that’s the case the school administration is pretty stupid for placing themselves in the position they did.
And here is the largest question of all. Where in the hell is PETA? As yet I have not seen one article the notes PETA’s interest in this story. One would think the “Fluffy” huggers would be all over it. Maybe I missed it, or maybe PETA has more interest in dumb assed chickens than stray dogs.