Dissection: What’s the Point?

I ran across this thoughtful, well written post (by a 9th grader I might add) and I wanted to share it. What are your thoughts on dissection?

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12 Responses to Dissection: What’s the Point?

  1. I remembered dissecting a dead pig and a frog in high school and was glad I didn’t have to do the procedures again at the University (nothing to do with biochemistry). It was horrible. I wasn’t a vegan at that time, but I was very emotional around dead animals.

  2. I read the article and completely agree! It as VERY uncomfortable when I had to do it and actually refused to do any of the actual dissecting, I simply watched. I just couldn’t do it.

  3. Poppy says:

    I’ve never dissected an animal thank God. Through school, I managed to get out of it as a vegetarian! Obviously, I am now studying animals at University which sometimes involves dissection. Before the first time it was due to happen, my tutor emailed me and said ‘Poppy, we are dissecting rabbits, would you like to be excused?’. I thought this was really lovely of her, she knows I’m vegan and have lots of bunny children! Every time since, she just automatically gives me another task to do which is so much more fun..last time I took swabs from around campus and grew E-Coli!! I think at one time it was necessary (not to kill the animal for the purpose though) so we could understand the anatomy etc that we know now in order to look after our animals better but I don’t see the need to continue to do it when we know all there is to know.. Poppy šŸ˜€

    • Hey Poppy! I think it’s wonderful that your instructor has excused you from dissection. Still, something from your comment struck me. You noted that we “kill” animals so we can dissect them so that we can understand them better so we can “help” them. Cut down to the basics – we kill animals to help them! That doesn’t make sense at all to me. We don’t do that to humans. There certainly must be a better way! I hope more students take a stand against dissection. Always a pleasure to hear from you poppy! Celeste šŸ™‚

      • Poppy says:

        Did my comment come across as though I thought killing animals to help them was acceptable? If it did, that is in no way how it was intended! I do not think that is OK at all! What I mean is if at some point in history, before we knew about animal anatomy etc, say a wild animal died of natural causes, it would be understandable for a scientist to perform an autopsy to discover what the cause of death was and how to prevent it etc but not to kill the animal in order to do it. Even still, I only believe this should happen when really necessary as I think animals, like humans should be allowed to rest in peace when they pass.

        I just don’t think it’s necessary for young students to do it when they can be told the anatomy, shown pictures, videos etc. I think the only time a deceased animal should be tampered with is when a trained professional vet or scientist is doing it for the benefit of other animals and when the animal has passed naturally and not been killed by humans for that purpose.

        On my course, one time students dissected birds of prey simply to ascertain what they had eaten. This is just bizarre and unacceptable as there is other ways to discover what the species’ ate via fecal analysis or previous knowledge, I just can’t see the logic in doing it for this purpose when there is no benefit to animals as a result.
        I hope that makes more sense… Poppy šŸ™‚

    • Hey Poppy! Your comment didn’t come across to me that “you” thought it was acceptable to kill animals to help them. I know you better than that girlfriend! What I meant by my comment was that society, in general, approves of dissection because it supposedly helps animals and how silly this seems to me. Sometimes meaning gets lost in translation! Celeste šŸ™‚

      • Poppy says:

        Sorry Celeste – first day back at college, brain frazzled! I mistook what you were saying but it makes sense now! I was worried I’d come across wrong but relieved to know that you know I wouldn’t be saying that! šŸ˜€

        Yes, totally agree, it is one of the very silly hypocrisies of human-animal relationships. It’s up there on the silly scale with ‘humane killing’!!

      • Five more years!!! It’s a good thing that you seem to have lots of energy girlfriend! Celeste šŸ™‚

    • That first week back to school is rough – I remember those days!! I hope this term goes well for you Poppy. Celeste šŸ™‚

      • Poppy says:

        Thank you Celeste. I best get used to it, I’ve added 3 years on as I’ve decided to go on to veterinary after my degree! 5 years to go!! šŸ˜€

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