Seems pretty cruel and pointless to me. What was learned here that any intelligent person could not anticipate? What is the point? Why not have some respect for other living things?
As a scientist, I understand that it is sometimes necessary to take life in order to better understand it, for some systems (notably biological ones) are generally too complex to be simulated (at least as yet) and therefore can generally only be understood by hopefully well-designed experiments. However, the wanton waste of life merely to satisfy some obsession with gore among the nascently post-pubescent disgusts me.