According to a May 12 report by KFOR News, students at an Oklahoma high school filmed themselves performing a dance routine using dead cats and posted it on Facebook. The video has gone viral, outraging those in the animal advocacy community.
WARNING: The video shown here is graphic, and shouldn’t be watched by those who get upset easily.
The video shows one student standing before the other eight, where he can be seen directing the dance. The students can be seen smiling at each other as the cats “dance” and touch each other in synchronized movements as the music plays.
At the end of the dance, the student director holds up a sign reading “Piccolo and the Pussycats.”
The video was soon uploaded to Facebook, who also tagged three other students and Leslie Piccolo, who is alleged to be the teacher of the class. It’s unclear whether Piccolo was in attendance for the macabre dance. KFOR News reached out to her for comment, but their calls weren’t returned.
Piccolo is described as teaching ‘Human Anatomy/Physiology, Zoology/Botany, Health, Cardio-Conditioning’ on the website and calls herself an animal lover, describing her toy Yorkshire terrier Olive Thyme as the ‘Best Pet on Earth’ and ‘4 lbs. of love and devotion’.
The Harding Charter Preparatory High School is ranked number one in Oklahoma, and number 23 in the United States.
PETA is now calling for a ban on animal dissection in schools since the video was posted to Facebook, and asking students to respect life and science. They have also contacted the school on this issue, but haven’t received a reply.
According to PETA, approximately 10 million animals are killed yearly for dissection use. The video violates leading science educational guidelines which state classrooms should treat animals respectfully and ethically
Justin Goodman, PETA’s director of laboratory investigations, said
“Cats used for dissection are often lost or stolen animal companions – but in classrooms like this one, students are taught that they’re props and inanimate laboratory tools to be mocked, used, and discarded.”
Not only was this act disrespectful to cats, it can also cause long-term psychological damage to the students.