Welcome to the Dept. of Biological Sciences'
Students in the Biological Sciences are exposed to a variety of experiences as part of their education. For convenience and ease of observation, many of the courses taught in our department include use of preserved, or "pickled," specimens. However, convenient or not, a preserved specimen can in no way replace the beauty and complexity of a living creature. For this reason, our department maintains a collection of live animals for observation by students.
Life for these animals has advantages and disadvantages. They have shelter, a ready supply of food and water, and no threat of predation. However, THEY ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT UPON HUMAN CARE AND THE QUALITY OF THEIR EXISTENCE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE CARE THEY RECEIVE FROM US. Their home can either be a jail or a refuge. They may experience overcrowding or cramped quarters (imagine yourself sitting in an airplane seat indefinitely with no control over when you can leave). They may experience hunger or thirst. They may be exposed to disease. Any or all of these may happen if we do not ACTIVELY prevent it. Being more dexterous and "smarter", we have taken it upon ourselves to divorce these animals from their existence in the wild. Let us remember that the animals have given FIRST in allowing us to observe them on a regular basis. In return, they have a right to adequate food, water, shelter, and avoidance of disease conditions. All of our animals are "pets" in the sense that the only way they are used, in our department, is for observation and enrichment of more traditional teaching material.
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