Last week, we were informed of a workshop that was going to take place on Saturday, during which a perfectly healthy calf was to be killed with a drug overdose so that he could be dissected for a crude vaccination training demonstration. This event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Beef Council, and Penn State students from a 4-H group were set to attend.
We immediately contacted the 4-H group and the beef council about it, and so did our besties in the Penn State Vegetarian Club. They flooded the 4-H group contacts with e-mails calling on them to cancel the cruel event and replace all future events with the humane and superior non-animal tools that are currently available to teach veterinary skills. And with that, the workshop was canceled and all future trainings will use humane non-animal teaching methods!
Don’t you just love happy endings? And this story has a fab lesson: Use your voice (or your keyboard) whenever you can to help those in need even when there’s not much time—it works!
PETA has offered to donate free non-animal teaching tools to the council.