Edinburgh Zoo has announced plans to carry out a post mortem on a large mammal before a live audience in August.
Zoo bosses emphasised that it was part of their remit to educate as well as entertain the public and that tickets for the event were going "like snow off a dyke".
But many think that the move is nothing more than a tasteless money spinning gambit.
Aquatic mammals spokesanimal Sammy the sealion said yesterday:" We're not keen if I'm honest. We appreciate the educative value of dissecting one of us but it's about cash really isn't it?"
He added:"You'd think they made enough from our antics alone. It's a seven day a week job leaping for thrown fish, giving throaty shouts and generally capering about. And the state of our enclosure is a disgrace. I know the chimps feel the same."
Insect queen Anne Ant was also doubtful about the zoo's decision:"On a purely selfish level we're grateful that it's a mammal and not one of us who is going to get taken apart in the name of science. We're boycotting the event out of sympathy, although we're usually far too busy for things like that anyway."
It's not known yet which mammal is to be the star of the show.
Lone woolly paramo donkey Edgar remarked from his paddock:"It'll be me for sure. I was supposed to be getting a mate two years ago but nothing happened. And the quality of the carrots lately? Farmfoods value packs. I know it."