Mac School Board supports continuing dissection
McMinnville School Board members voted unanimously Monday night to continue cat dissection in the Advanced Placement biology class at Mac High.
The elective class is taken mostly by seniors interested in careers in human or animal medical care. Not more than five cats are used each term, said Tony Vicknair, director of secondary programs for the school district.
But Cat Coalition members objected to the way cats are obtained, as well as to using them for dissection. Both practices are inhumane, they said. Antoinette Marcel of the coalition said using computer simulations and other technology to teach anatomy would teach students more and stop sending the message that it's OK to hurt cats.
Marcel had asked the district to stop the practice last fall. When the curriculum committee turned her down, she appealed to the school board.
Several medical professionals on the board cited their own experiences with dissection, which they said were vital to their training.
For additional details, see the Friday News-Register.