by MPD
Categories: Animals, People
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Photo: PETA.org

steve-oSteve-O might make a living being a jackass, but when it comes to dissection he’s right on!

The television star has teamed up with PETA on a new campaign to empower kids to fight for their rights not to dissect on animals and to pressure educators to provide alternatives to dissection.

Each year more than 6 million animals are killed for dissection and we think that totally blows! There’s a whole slew of ways to learn about the biology of an animal without having to cut it open.

Steve-O recently decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle, so we’re not surprised he’s getting more involved with animal welfare. Good work, Stevey!

To find out more about why dissection isn’t green or clean visit PETA.org.

Check out Steve-O’s anti-dissection video below!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566480478 Erin

    Good for him. He’s proving more eco conscious than I’d have imagined ;-)

  • grant

    As a vegetarian for over 12 years, and as a biologist, I would argue that PETA’s stand against dissection is over-simplifying the issue. Then again, that seems to be what they do with most issues.

    I walked out of a college level biology course that was asking us to kill and dissect frogs, but participated in many dissections of cats, pigs, sheep and a few other animals.

    What’s the difference between dissecting a cat and a frog?… The cat was already dead. By PETA’s own admission, they euthanize hundreds of dogs and cats every year, so why not allow those animals to be “donated to science”? The same situation exists with getting pigs, sheep and other livestock from butchers and farmers.

    Learning what i learned dissecting animals is largely what made me become a vegetarian, as it gave me an appreciation and understanding about animals, and their parts, that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

    So yeah, killing a live animal just for the sake of dissection is wrong and unnecessary, but utilizing some of the animals that are already being killed in order to teach people more about them is something all-together different.

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    wow, didnt know he was a vegan, good to hear he joined the club.

  • Logan

    Grant is right on. Dissection isn’t all bad. I don’t know if kids below high school should be doing it, though. In any case, consider this sentence from the article. “There’s a whole slew of ways to learn about the biology of an animal without having to cut it open.” The only reason that that is true is because people had performed dissections on those animals in the past.

  • Get Technical

    “The only reason that that is true is because people had performed dissections on those animals in the past.”

    Which is why it’s an outdated method that’s no longer needed.

  • Erica

    I’ve only performed three dissections:
    1. A cow’s eye- which was from a cow already butchered for its meat- why waste any part?
    2. A chicken wing- uncooked, form the grocery store, killed for the main purpose of food.
    3. A fish- once again,……

    I agree with Grant. Vivisection is wrong and dissecting an animal that was killed for the sole purpose of dissection(such as frogs, which are already in enough trouble) is wrong and wasteful. But sometimes, it would be wasteful NOT to dissect the part of an animal(such as the cow’s eye, which serves no purpose)