Jean;119805 said:Actually that's not strictly true, many of us do care! I find it totally offensive to toss the corpse of an animal around (whether it be an octopus a dog or whatever). We try very hard to teach our students to be respectful of the specimens they work with in the lab and I see no reason why sports people shouldn't have the same respect.
Just because inverts are not legally considered animals (interestingly squid, octopus, crabs and rock lobster are under NZ legislation!) doesn't mean they shouldn't be treated with respect.
Whether or not the lawsuit is going to waste money is to some extent up to Patrick, (although I assume the courts would have something to say as well). I agree it's going to be a hard one to prove but the same can be said of many lawsuits which ended up being landmark cases.
It is hypocritical to state on one hand it is not alright to treat animals poorly and on the other hand have students cut them up. None of the specimens you are using volunteer. You are talking degrees of cruelty. Please do not take that the wrong way, I feel as humans we need to use animals for research and testing. In the end it will not only help us but it will hopefully help the animal.
I really hope they do not pass legislation on Lobsters because I love the TV show the Deadliest Catch!!!