Ban cat dissections in Beaufort County, SC public schools
  • Petitioned Beaufort County, SC School Board/Superintendent, NBC Education Foundation

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Beaufort County, SC School Board/Superintendent, NBC Education Foundation

Ban cat dissections in Beaufort County, SC public schools

    1. Petition by

      Kate Zalusky

      Beaufort, SC

I happened to see a photo in the Island Packet on January 10, 2013 where a Battery Creek HS teacher received a grant from the Northern Beaufort County Education Foundation. The teacher was quoted as saying, "We're looking forward to dissecting some cats." I was shocked and appalled! It was so insensitive. We have several cats as part of our family. The thought of dissecting these beautiful animals makes me sick. I firmly believe asking students to dissect or watch a companion animal being dissected as part of their class assignments can be a traumatic. experience.

Parents and educators need to be aware that classroom dissections teach students that it's OK to be cruel. Schools should instead be teaching students to RESPECT life by teaching anatomy via many of the humane alternatives that are available. I need your help to let Battery Creek HS/Beaufort County School Superintendent/Board as well as the Northern Beaufort County Education Foundation know that this is not OK. The curriculum must change. There are more humane and less expensive alternatives. Please see several reference links below for more information.

Here is what you can do to help:

Sign my petition to "BAN cat dissections in Beaufort County public schools." It only takes a few seconds.
Call Battery Creek HS and ask to speak to Mr Edmond Burns. 322-5500. Tell him you are opposed to cat dissections. Tell him to consider more humane ways to achieve the same results.
Call the Northern Beaufort County Education Foundation and ask them to stop giving grants to teachers performing cat dissections.
Contact your School Board representative and the acting School Superintendent -Dr. Jacqueline Rosswurm. 322- 2300. Tell them you are opposed to cat dissections. Tell them to consider more humane and less expensive ways to achieve the same results.
Spread the word to friends and family in Beaufort County. Ask them to sign the petition and call Battery Creek HS, Northern Beaufort County Education Foundation, the acting School Superintendent and their school board representative.

Fortunately, the Beaufort County Animal Shelter does not support this program so Battery Creek HS will have to source their cats somewhere else. Many of these sources have troubling practices.
I included an article in the reference section below about "lessons in cruelty."

Reference
http://teachkind.org/humanesci_dissection.asp
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/dissection-lessons-in-cruelty.aspx
http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/01/10/2337708/photo-battery-creek-teacher-receives.html
http://ed.sc.gov/schools/district.cfm?ID=0701
http://www.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/BCSD/Links/School_Board/Board_Members

The cats and I thank you for your support,

Kate Zalusky Cat Advocate =^.^=

To:
Beaufort County, SC School Board/Superintendent, NBC Education Foundation
Ban cat dissections in Beaufort County, SC public schools

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Island Packet editorial

      Kate Zalusky
      Petition Organizer

      Some folks are responding to this by writing a letter to the editor:
      http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/01/26/2355535/cat-dissection-has-place-in-science.html

    2. Beaufort Gazette Story with updated link

      Kate Zalusky
      Petition Organizer
      VIDEO: Woman seeks cat-dissection ban in Beaufort County schools - School News - IslandPacket.com

      A donation to Battery Creek High School for the purchase of cat cadavers has stirred debate about animal dissection in high schools. Beaufort resident Kate Zalusky launched an online petition Tuesday to ban cat dissections in Beaufort County public schools.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Beaufort Gazette story update

      Kate Zalusky
      Petition Organizer

      The article is very slanted toward continuing cat dissections. I could tell when I was being interviewed that the writer was NOT seeking to understand. He had already written the story in his head. Please continue to spread the word about this inhumane practice in Beaufort County. Thanks for your support.
      PS: The link to the petition has been added to the article.

    5. Beaufort Gazette story

      Kate Zalusky
      Petition Organizer

      A story has been published in the Beaufort Gazette about the petition. Unfortunately, the story does not include a link to the petition.
      http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/01/17/2345267/woman-seeks-cat-dissection-ban.html

      Woman seeks cat-dissection ban in Beaufort County schools - Developing Stories - IslandPacket.com

      A donation to Battery Creek High School for the purchase of cat cadavers has stirred debate about animal dissection in high schools. Beaufort resident Kate Zalusky launched an online petition Tuesday to ban cat dissections in Beaufort County public schools.

    6. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Eileen Saginario SEABROOK, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      Cats are companion animals and we should never expect children to dissect them in schools. This sends a very wrong message to the children.

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    • Diane Burket WARRENTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Cat dissections is unnecessary and cruel. It sends a bad message to students.

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    • Glenna Ferguson BEAUFORT, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      this is a terrible practice as it totally sends our children the wrong,inhumane message? There are plenty of other animals to dissect that we actually do eat,such as a pig!!

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    • Charlotte Adams SAINT HELENA ISLAND, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      There is absolutely no need for animal dissection in high school, and only limited need in college. Obviously that teacher is more interested in keeping her students occupied than she is in actually teaching !

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    • Harriet Fisher BEAUFORT, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      This is unacceptable treatment and cruel when these aniamals are also a common breed of pet. This type of activity is not neccessary or of value unless these children are involved in Veterinary studies

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