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Stop Cat Dissection in American Schools ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering, cats )

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More than 100,000 cats are dissected in classrooms across the country annually by hundreds of thousands of young adults in junior and senior high schools and colleges.

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Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:10 am
Signed, thanks.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:17 am

natasha salgado (712)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:23 am
S+S-thx Cher.

Lisa Neste (772)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:29 am
Lisa, You signed on June 12, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education

Christeen Anderson (649)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:36 am

naomi cohen (48)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:38 am
cannot comment. too close to my breaking point. thank you, cher. done.

Pat B. (357)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:40 am

Constance F. (422)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:40 am
Signed and shared on fb, thank you
Constance, You signed on June 12, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:41 am
Kit, You signed on June 12, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education


Julie E. (422)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:45 am
NO!!!! Please tell me this is a joke? Signed and shared.

. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:46 am
Signed and Noted.

Lynn Squance (233)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:52 am
Sick, truly sick! Why aren't schools teaching respect for the creatures we share this planet with? A civil society? I think not!

Most definitely signed.

S J. (133)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:01 pm
Done, thanks Cher.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:12 pm
I can't sign this petition. Dissection SHOULD be part of the science curriculum. Students SHOULD be allowed to opt out of dissection for moral principles or because it's irrelevant to their field of study. Regulations SHOULD be in force to control the source of specimens. Medical and veterinary students MUST learn to recognize and anticipate anatomical differences in individual patients.
How would you feel about letting a veterinary surgeon, who has trained only on an anatomically perfect model, perform surgery on your pet? What if YOUR surgeon had only practiced on a plastic dummy?
I understand you may not agree, but, please, no sticks or stones?

Nyack Clancy (535)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:15 pm
Noted and signed

Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:18 pm
S & N. Thanks Cher

Betty G. (621)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:19 pm
SIGNED! Thank you, Cher.

Judy sick C. (107)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:48 pm
Signed. Thanks Cher.

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:55 pm

Beth M. (249)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:05 pm
Done. This needs to end NOW!

Mary T. (354)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:11 pm
Thank you Cher - signed & noted

linda b. (31)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:56 pm
noted and signed

Suzanne Site Problems (127)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:03 pm
Absolutely no sticks or stones Barbara. I know you are a compassionate woman and I know you care for a great many critters, more than the average animal-lover, and many of those animals would otherwise be homeless if it weren't for you. However, I had to sign this petition because I think it refers to highschool students and likely only a small percentage will carry on to veterinary training.

Thomas P. (451)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:19 pm
Noted and signed...thanks Cher

M.(Moo) Prince (16)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:20 pm
Signed & noted

Diane K. (134)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:35 pm
Signed & noted. thx

. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:36 pm
petition signed

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:36 pm
Suzanne, since the petition says *young adults in junior and senior high schools and colleges" I assume that the aim of the petition is to ban dissection in ALL schools. Young students may not know yet what field they wish to pursue and should have the option to investigate anything that interests them. If they ARE pre-vet or pre-med, there are courses that are required for admission to university.
Our society throws animals away ~ animals that are euthanized every day in our shelters. Would it be so terribly wrong to grant them the dignity of having had a meaningful purpose?

Ilona V. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:37 pm
Thanks. Signed & noted.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (62)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:48 pm

Christine Stewart (133)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:30 pm
Signed. Students can watch videos of actual and necessary surgeries being performed on living animals- what a better way to learn about anatomy!

Lisa W. (143)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:36 pm
Most gladly done! Ty Cher!

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:03 pm
Ban dissection of all animals. Signed.

Animae C. (513)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:17 pm
signed # 204

pam w. (138)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:25 pm
It VERY much depends on who's in the class, what the subject is and where the cats come from.

I'm with Barbara D...veterinary students MUST be able to dissect animals. High school biology students don't need it.

Kay M. (347)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:39 pm
signed. stop all dissection.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:29 pm

Freya H. (353)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:57 pm
What's wrong with computer models? They are very sophisticated these days, and a lot easier - and much less messy - to use.

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (48)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
Signed , thanks

Vicky P. (476)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:38 pm
noted and signed, shared and email sent

Shana M. (56)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:58 pm
Signed and noted.

Nyack Clancy (535)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:04 pm
I respectfully disagree with you Barbara- and there are so many Kill Shelters- BECAUSE dead cats are sold to universities.

Next time you are dissecting a cat- you may want to ask yourself (and the teacher)- EXACTLY where it came from- chances are- they are not going to be able to give you any past history on the animal.

Nyack Clancy (535)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:05 pm
For many college students who take anatomy and physiology there is the much anticipated cat dissection. But this spring, LaGuardia Community College students taking that course will walk into a very different science lab. Gone will be the cat cadaver, the putrid smell of formaldehyde and the scalpel. Instead, students will be building clay models.

LaGuardia is the first CUNY campus, and one of the first community colleges in the nation, where its students will be learning the muscles of the human body not by dissecting cat specimens but by applying clay muscles to a skeletal mannequin.

“Studying human muscles is one of the hardest and most difficult areas,” said Professor Carol Haspel, “so we are always trying to find ways, mechanisms and pedagogical techniques that assist our students in learning the basics that they need to know. The clay models are a key factor in helping them.”

Professor Haspel is confident the clay mannequin is an effective learning tool after a successful pilot program the department conducted over two semesters beginning in 2007. Involved in the experiment were 10 classes where the students were divided into five conventional and five mannequin groups.

The professor pointed to test results that indicated that the clay-modeling group was significantly better at identifying human muscles on human models than the cat-dissection group. They were also as good at identifying muscles on their self-made clay mannequins as the cat-dissection group was at identifying cat muscles on its specimens. “A greater number of students in the clay-modeling group received grades of A or B and fewer grades of C, D and F,” she added.

This spring, the over 600 students in 23 sections of anatomy and physiology will work on mannequins during five lab sessions. Divided into groups of three and four, the students will stretch clay into thin muscle-like bands between origins and insertions on the 28-inch human skeletal mannequins.

“By using the models, the students are learning to build up the human musculature,” said Professor Howard Motoike. “By building from the inside to the outside, they see the layering of the musculature as it builds up in the body. In subsequent labs they will build blood vessels and learn how they are positioned with regard to the muscle and gain a more three-dimensional perspective.”

The idea of replacing the cat cadavers with the clay mannequins was planted several years ago when a student, who was a practicing Buddhist, objected to dissecting a cat. She researched the web and found Zahourek Systems, a company in Colorado that manufactured mannequins, and purchased the kit and materials.

While the class worked on the cat dissections the student worked on the mannequin, did all the assignments and, when it came to the practical exam, was tested on the model as well as the human models that the class worked on. “She did extremely well,” said Dr. Haspel, “but when I saw the product I was in shock at how fabulous it was and how much she had learned.”

With that, Dr. Haspel approached the company, which agreed to lend all the materials to run the pilot.

To purchase the 159 skeletal mannequins and kits, the department received an $110,000 New York State Perkins grant.

“The initial investment was costly but at the end of the semester the clay is removed, the mannequins are scrubbed and ready for the next crop of students,” said Dr. Haspel. “We have a sustainable, reusable resource, an effective pedagogical technique and no animals are killed.”

LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at twice the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for our boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia, we imagine new ideas; create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.

Erin R. (183)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:55 pm
n & s

Ursula Ursula Gumlaw (1)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:51 pm
Signed and shared, tweeted! Thanks Cher! This must end !!! Xxx

Laurie H. (813)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:54 pm
Glad to sign & share!!! TY~~`

Fran F. (120)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 10:36 pm
Signed and noted, thanks, Cher!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:13 pm
Noted and signed.

. (7)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:28 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Cher.

Ruth M. (252)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:42 pm

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:26 am
Victoria, You signed on June 13, 2013.

Ruth L. (306)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:44 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Cher

Sherri E. (128)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:08 am
OMG are we trying to raise serial killers by dissecting cats in this country? This is sending young people the wrong message. Couldn't send you a star for 24 hours Nyack. TY Cher Signed and Noted.

Danuta Watola (1269)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:50 am

Giana Peranio-Paz (404)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:03 am
Noted and signed. I am sure, like Nyack stated in such details, there are other ways and even with better results.

Carol Bischoff (410)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:17 am
Noted and signed.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:28 am
Barbara, they can use dead cats.
How would you like it if the doctors use live humans for this matter.


Ljiljana Milic (110)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:42 am
Ban dissection of all animals !!!
Gladly signed #! 640

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:05 am
Nyack, I also respectfully disagree with you. Emotion is not objective or logical.
BTW, I don't dissect anymore, I provide specimens from bona fide sources and teach animal anatomy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:53 am
already signed.

Joe R. (190)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:02 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:18 am
Jeanne S, I don't necessarily know about live humans only because someone would likely have that banned too. Hey, if they're dead though, have at it! I see no problem with that..

Anne S. (14)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:52 am

End Cruelty Deb W. (149)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:11 am

Ruth C. (140)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:28 am

Sara P. (65)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:02 am

Sara, You signed on June 13, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education

Angelflowers D. (85)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:20 am
Signed and noted,thanks.

Hugo L. (255)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:15 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Cher

J Harris (40)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:44 pm
Signed & noted

Evelyn B. (79)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:25 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Cher.....

Carol H. (229)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:50 pm
signed and noted for sure!!

Wendy J. (76)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:14 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you.

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:28 pm

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:50 pm
Signed & Shared on FB.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:16 am
Signed # 906

. (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:28 am
#949 signed and noted - thank you dear Cher

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:53 am
Olivia, You signed on June 13, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education

Sara W. (107)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:47 am
Many shelters fight the no-kill movement because they are making money from schools to kill animals instead of finding them homes. And as someone who did have to dissect a cat in high school, I can definitely say it served absolutely no purpose. I have forgotten all the things I was supposed to have learned and the only thing that stuck with me was the sadness and horror I felt. There are so many better ways than killing an animal that could have had a happy life with a family.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 7:22 am
Armand, You signed on June 15, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
United States Secretary of Education

Silvia Gonzalez (36)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 9:30 am

deb s. (145)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 6:09 pm
so unnecessary what and why do we need to use live animals to learn the wrong message sent better alternatives can be used

Alison A. (244)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:17 am
Signed and noted, thanks Cher.

Elizabeth Bollington (58)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:05 pm
Signed and noted,cats should not be used in this way.

alicia m. (97)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 9:34 pm
noted, signed, gracias

MJ R. (59)
Friday May 23, 2014, 7:20 am
This is disgusting! What is actually being taught at schools? That you can simply get an "organism" and make whatever you want with it? Is this the kind of "compassion" that should be taught in schools? This kind of news really frightens me. Signed and noted in a very sad mood especially when I look at my 8 cats and start thinking if it were one of them in such a situation... It gives me the creeps.
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