July 16th, 2002

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im checking out classes at CUNY. It's amazing the difference between what happens at Oberlin in the bio dept and at a community college in Queens. Oberlin is so PC, anti-vivisection...animal friendly save the whales..to the annoying extreme.

CUNY on the other hand has 2 required courses for vet tech that i might have trouble with depending on what I was forced to do:
one is an animal research course (because vet techs are needed in the clinic or zoos, but also to help in animal research labs ACK! Note that while a vet tech in your local cet clinic might make 17-25k a year, they can make up to 80k a year in the research lab. not sure if the $$ is enough to quell my nauseousness!) but back to my topic. they teach lab techniques. i assume that we arent actually working IN a research lab, just perhaps proceedures. im worried that it is hands on though. i dont really to "practice" any special kinds of needle insertions, or restraint practices on some poor rabbit, you know? i can understand practicing giving shots, under supervision, restaining an animal for in't own (and my)benefit, but to practice pain for it's own sake is no good. who knows though. the PC is catching everywhere. also, there's an anatomy course that requires dissection of CATS! I have heard of this before, and i can only assume that this is an opt-out ( like i wouldnt have to do it to pass the class) one one hand, it would be extremely interesting to open up a cat and find out what it's like. on the other, id be consumed with the idea of some poor, trusting feline (or some rather neglected feline) getting put to sleep and submerged in fermadlahyde for science purposes. :( hmmm. my body can be donated to science, but not till i die. the poor cat had no say at all.
fun stuff to think about.

cnn.com dont care if i did copy it. im crying.

"Man Arrested for Burning Kitten on Grill"

A neighborhood friend of Sherry Scott holds the kitten they named 'Lucky,' in a recent handout photo.  

LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) -- A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning a kitten on a barbecue grill as several other people stood around and watched in amusement.

A witness pulled the scorched, 7-week-old tabby from the hot coals, but it was severely injured and had to be put to death, police said.

"They kept saying, `Meow, meow,' and they were poking at it with a stick," said Sherry Scott, who burned her hand grabbing the kitten.

Charles C. Benoit, 24, was charged with animal abuse, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Jim Roberts, spokesman for the Clay County prosecutor's office, said he does not expect anyone else to be charged, because no witnesses could identify the others.

Scott said that on Friday night, she saw 10 or 12 people at the barbecue grill in the courtyard of the apartment complex where she lives. Scott said she asked what they were cooking, and they said it was a cat. She said the group taunted her, daring her to rescue the cat.

She said the group scattered when she threatened to call police. She said she pulled the kitten from where it had been shoved into the coals at the back of the grill. Its tail, whiskers, fur, eyes and throat were scorched.

"I called him Lucky because I thought I got him out of there just in time," she said.

Scott said she and other residents stayed up Friday night trying to nurse the kitten with an eye dropper of milk. But animal control officers decided that because of its respiratory injuries and inability to swallow food, it had to be destroyed.

"If you would have seen him, you would have cried," said Sheri Simpson, one of the residents who helped care for the kitten.