SLO High may halt cat dissection after complaints

San Luis Obispo High School may look into halting dissection of dead cats in science class after concerns were voiced about the practice.

Animal rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the school on Friday asking them to stop the learning exercise after hearing about a prank in which someone hung 17 cats taken from the school’s science storage shed around campus over Memorial Day weekend.

Principal Will Jones said that the school is willing to look at other options for the traditional anatomy class exercise.

“Having recognized the concerns that people have, both PETA and others, we’re willing to look at alternatives,” Jones said.

An investigation into the cat-hanging incident is ongoing, Jones said, and no one at the school has been disciplined.

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