Horrifying Things That Occur at Dissection Supply Companies

Every school year, millions of animals are cut apart for classroom dissection. Most students would refuse to take part in this cruel, archaic practice if they knew the disturbing truth about the suffering animals used for dissection endure. 

Despite what your teachers may have told you, these animals did NOT die of old age or natural causes. Here are some horrifying things that have taken place at dissection suppliers. 

Workers Drowned Pigeons 

At Bio Corporation, live pigeons who arrived in plastic crates were drowned in tubs of water. According to a veterinarian, the birds likely panicked and tried to hold their breath and then died after 10 minutes of this torture.  

Live Crayfish Were Injected With Liquid Latex 

Also at Bio Corporation, workers injected crayfish with liquid latex while they were conscious. A veterinarian stated that they likely experienced “prolonged pain and suffering.” 

Frozen Turtles Who Came ‘Back to Life’ Were Put Into the Freezer While Still Conscious 

According to employees, turtles who arrived frozen at Bio Corporation sometimes came “back to life” and were reportedly put into the freezer to die of hypothermia. One veterinarian said that turtles treated this way would experience pain and prolonged suffering. One of the world’s leading herpetologists stated that “freezing as a method of killing reptiles (including turtles) without prior complete desensitization and unconsciousness (e.g. anesthesia) has been specifically declared inhumane and unacceptable.” 

Fetal Pigs Were Injected With Formaldehyde and Dye 

Workers at Bio Corporation injected fetal pigs’ umbilical cords with formaldehyde and dye. These cords once connected them to their mothers, each of whom likely experienced a horrifying death in a slaughterhouse before they were cut open and their babies were taken for dissection. 

Workers Collected Dead Cats’ Collars and Put Them on Display 

A PETA eyewitness discovered a collection of cat collars at Bio Corporation—a morbid reminder that animals who had probably been cherished family members were cut apart in crude and misguided classroom assignments. When asked about displaying the collars, workers said that it was a “tradition” that they found “funny” and “a little” creepy. 

Workers Laughed When Animals Struggled and Suffered 

According to an eyewitness at a dissection supplier, when a rabbit who was still alive after being gassed tried to crawl out of a wheelbarrow full of water and dead rabbits, employees laughed as a coworker repeatedly held the animal’s head underwater and then pulled him out again. Finally, the worker grew bored and held him underwater long enough to drown him. 

Cats and Rats Were Embalmed, Possibly While Still Alive 

PETA eyewitnesses previously documented that animals were removed from gas chambers and injected with formaldehyde without first being checked for vital signs. They videotaped cats and rats who were struggling while being injected. 

Frogs Were Killed After Being Taken From Their Homes in Nature 

Every year, millions of frogs are taken from their habitats, transported, and killed specifically for dissection. Not only is this practice cruel, the removal of these animals from ecosystems also disrupts nature’s delicate balance. 

Regardless of how the animals used for dissection died, there’s no such thing as “humane” classroom dissection—because animals aren’t ours to use in the first place. There are humane, animal-free alternatives that are more effective teaching methods. 


The best way to help animals used for dissection is to refuse to participate. Encourage others to refuse, too. Ask your teacher for a superior, alternative assignment—they may be legally required to provide you with one. To find out if your state has a dissection-choice policy, check out our map. If your state doesn’t have one, e-mail us at [email protected] and we can help you opt out! 

Text peta2 to 30933 for ways to help animals, tips on compassionate living, and more!

heart illustration

Terms for automated texts/calls from peta2: http://peta.vg/txt. Text STOP to end, HELP for more info. Msg/data rates may apply. U.S. only.