|Purred: Mon May 14, '07 4:11pm PST |
|Sapphire’s Mom here:
I have kept up with this thread since it has started, but there are a couple things that I would like to say.
Cat dissections in themselves don't bother me as long as the cats weren't bred for that purpose. I don't think that animals should ever be bred simply to be dissected, no matter how well they are taken care of beforehand. I know that I certainly would never want one of my fosters or my personal cats sold for the purpose of dissection.
Something else to think of; I help with spay/neuter surgery prepping once a week from 7-8 in the morning to 5:30, and I've asked the vet before how she tells the uterus and ovaries apart from other organs. She told me that it was based solely on location and FEEL. Now, if all vets were trained using computer programs and have never dissected a cat or dog (or any other animal for that matter), and they had to perform a spay, would you really want that vet to perform a spay on YOUR cat or dog? I know that I wouldn't. There is simply no way to replicate dissections using a computer program, no matter how life like and real it looks, there really is no comparison.
My Mom is a biology teacher; I’ve been around dissections my whole life. All of the specimens that are dissected in her classes are done so with the utmost respect towards the animals. There is no horseplay or joking in the class room; it is simply not allowed. All of the students are told that even though these specimens are no longer alive, they were at one point and are here simply for learning on their part and are not a matter to be fooled around with. I do think that for high school students, cat dissections aren’t necessary for the normal biology course. While some AP classes do cat dissections, AP classes are college level classes. Cats are dissected mainly for the bone and muscle aspect, but the abdominal and thoracic cavities are also dissected in the process, this is where the “soon to be vets” learn location and feel of the uterus and ovaries in the females. You can’t get this much out of a frog or pig dissection. Although frogs are dissected mainly for their muscles, they aren’t so close to the same structure as human’s muscles. So if it’s ok for a college student to dissect a cat, what makes an AP student any different, besides age?
I know that cats and dogs are looked upon as people’s children and companions… and I don’t want to get any hateful responses for this, but they are just as much an animal, and no more human than frogs and mice and rats. No more; no less. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of my pets to death, I would be devastated to lose any of my personal pets, and losing fosters that I have is also very difficult. But, if you are going towards animal rights and what is morally right and wrong, then why is it ok to dissect a frog and not to dissect a cat or dog? It was mentioned that we have plenty of frogs, why not dissect them instead… well, there are also plenty of cats roaming the streets, and with cats and frogs being on the same level, then why don’t we dissect them as well? If we ban cat dissections, then fetal pigs, then frogs… what’s next? Will we no longer be able to dissect grasshoppers as well? Then what will happen to the vet field? Surely there will be repercussions on the quality of vets that we have.
Again, this is just my personal opinion from the experiences that I have had through helping with spay and neuter surgeries, fostering, and other volunteer work with the local animal shelter.
Edited by author Mon May 14, '07 10:27pm PST
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