| 14.6°C Belfast

Teenager changes her name to 'Cutout Dissection.com'

A teenager in the United States has legally changed her name to Cutout Dissection.com to protest against animal dissections in schools.

Jennifer Thornburg, whose driver's license now reads Dissection.com, now wants to be called Cutout for short.

Her new legal name is the URL for an anti-dissection website created by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"I normally do have to repeat my name several times when I am introducing myself to someone new," Cutout told her local paper, the Asheville Citizen Times.

"Once they find out what my name is, they want to know more about what the Web site is about."

She said family members still call her Jennifer.

Her father Duane Thornburg said: "It will take me a while. She is still Jennifer to me. I understand why she's done it. Believe it or not, I totally respect it."

She said she started opposing dissections in school, when the she became uncomfortable dissecting a chicken.

She is now an intern for PETA.

Belfast Telegraph