FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: KAREN DAVIS (301) 948-2406
DEE KOTINAS, DIRECTOR OF THE ANIMALS
BENEFIT CLUB OF AZ (601) 867-2169
PLEASE JOIN US AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL ON AUGUST 14
TO PROTEST HEN ABUSE BY STUDENTS, ADMINISTRATORS' DENIAL
Date: Thursday August 14, 1997
Time: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Place: Horizon High School, City of Phoenix
Address: 5601 East Greenway Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254
On the first day of classes, August 14th, United Poultry
Concerns will hold a protest rally in front of Horizon High
School from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM. Please join us.
Issue: On April 11, 1997, a gang of Horizon High School
seniors released 50 "spent" hens on school property and proceeded
to abuse and kill them for fun. They threw hens over the fence,
breaking their legs, and onto the school roof. The body of a hen
with her legs tied was pulled out of a school trash can and aired
on TV. Feathers matted with dried blood were held up to the
camera. Two students who rescued 10 hens told the camera the
episode was "appalling," "disgusting," and "mean."
Animal abuse is against the law in Arizona. A.R.S. 13-2910
states: A person commits cruelty to animals if such person
recklessly subjects any animals or poultry to cruel mistreatment.
Dee Kotinas filed cruelty charges the next day to no avail.
Despite the evidence, Horizon principal John Stollar has
contrived a 2-page letter full of tiny print stating, "There was
no mayhem, there was no mutilation, there was no chaos." A
graduate student in a class he teaches said Mr. Stollar treats
the affair in front of his students as "A REAL FUNNY SQUAWKING
JOKING MATTER." Is it any wonder Horizon students made t-shirts
boasting: "I choked a chicken at Horizon," and "The Great Horizon
Chicken Massacre of 97"?
Something is seriously wrong at Horizon High School.
Please join us on August 14th and demand that Horizon acknowledge
the truth and uphold the law. As one person angrily stated on TV
that night: "Kids were kicking them [the hens] and throwing them
and killing them slowly. School officials should not have allowed
this. I want to know how a thing like this could happen."