Activists Urge School District To Give Up Animal Dissections

Steve Miller
May 30, 2018 - 7:08 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Animal-rights activists protested outside the offices of Highland Park's Township school district Wednesday and called for an end to dissecting animals in science classes.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals objects to dissecting animals. PETA activist Mysti Lee said the organization is especially upset with school districts that use a company that supplies animals that are cruelly killed.

"We did an expose on them that shows them drowning live pigeons. Live turtles were reportedly frozen to death and live crayfish were injected with liquid latex,” Lee said. "It's completely unnecessary."

PETA believes digital dissection -- using computer images -- is more effective for teaching students than using real animals. PETA said it’s also cheaper.

WBBM Newsradio has asked the Highland Park Township School District 113 for comment.