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Cat dissections to continue at McMinnville school

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A McMinnville school plans to continue the controversial practice of cat dissections for biology class.

Some animal rights advocates say the practice of dissecting cats in an AP biology class is cruel and impractical.

The district held a meeting Monday night and upheld their decision to allow the dissection of cats.

Opponents of the procedure say the schools get cats from a North Carolina facility that uses gas to euthanize the animals, a practice that is against the law in Oregon.

"They are gas chambers," said Antoinette Marcel. "It takes 25 minutes [the cats] are extremely pained by this process."

That information could not be independently confirmed by KPTV.

Opponents of cat dissections say there are cheaper, more humane options for biology classes, such as using fake animals or computer simulations.

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