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From: Michael (
Subject:         Biology Class Outrage
Date: January 26, 2006 at 1:43 pm PST

I became a vegetarian to oppose animal abuse in the meatpacking industry. I have been a vegetarian for the past 2 years, and have never had any problems. I dont oppose eating meat, nor do I oppose anyone who eats meat. Today was the first time I've ever been treated with outright disdain.
In my college biology class, we are supposed to be dissecting fetal pigs. They take sows who are pregnant when slaughtered and remove the fetal pigs for our labs. I told my professor I would like to be excused from this excercise (there is a computer program that is available for those with religious qualms), but he told me vegetarianism is an unacceptable excuse. He said that there's no difference between slicing a carrot and dissecting a pig. I told him that it was obvious there was a difference between something with nerves that is able to feel pain, versus something with no nerves whatsoever. He laughed and told me there was no option.
Does anyone else find this offensive? I'm not sure whether to write to the dean or just send him a letter, or just to not show up for the days we do the dissection (and thereby lose 20% of my lab grade).
Anyone have any advice?

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