|Fall 1997 Poultry Press|
at Horizon High School
in Phoenix, Arizona
"Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns, a
national poultry rights group, came from Maryland to lead the
On August 14th, the first day of classes, United Poultry Concerns held a protest rally in front of Horizon High School at 7:00 AM as students were filing in. 30 protesters announced via banner, signs, and bullhorn: ANIMAL ABUSE IN ARIZONA ISN'T A PRANK, IT'S A CRIME; THIS SCHOOL NEEDS A CODE OF ETHICS NOT A COVER-UP; BUILD COMPASSION AND A RESPECT FOR LIFE!
Why: On April 11, 1997, a gang of Horizon High School seniors released 40 to 50 bound 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, and into lockers. The body of a hen with her legs tied was pulled out of a school trash can and aired on TV that night. Feathers matted with dried blood were held up to the camera.
Animal abuse is against the law in Arizona. A person commits cruelty to animals who recklessly subjects any animals or poultry to cruel mistreatment. Dee Kotinas, Executive Director of the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, filed cruelty charges the next day to no avail.
However, the Phoenix Police Department Report shows cruelty that should have led to the issuing of subpoenas. It shows the inaction and virtual complicity of the Phoenix police and the school security guards who were there when the assault took place. According to a senior, "Phoenix police officers were present at the school and Kevin [Yule, a senior] asked an officer if it was okay to bring the chickens onto campus and he was informed it was okay. The chickens were tied together at their feet with string." A school security guard, Kathy Morton, watched "one male throw four chickens tied together over the fence into the junior [parking] lot. . . . He threw the chickens back over the fence." She did not bother to identify the student or the condition of the birds being thrown back and forth over the fence tied together like a bunch of grapes.
Where Did the Chickens Come From?
Brutal Treatment of Laying Hens is Standard Procedure
Administrative Flippancy and Contradiction:
A graduate student at a local university said Stollar, who taught one of his classes, treated the affair in front of his students as "A REAL FUNNY SQUAWKING JOKING MATTER." Is it any wonder Horizon seniors made t-shirts and wore them under their gowns at their graduation ceremony boasting: "I choked a chicken at Horizon," and "The Great Horizon Chicken Massacre of 97"?
Meeting with John Stollar.
United Poultry Concerns wishes to thank everyone who joined in the rally, with special thanks to following people: Dee Kotinas, director of the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona; Treva Slote, director of the Arizona SPCA. Lynda Foro, President of Doing Things for Animals, Inc.; Joyce DePalma, Arizona People for Animal Rights; and Phoenix City Councilwoman Frances Emma Barwood, who condemned the massacre and called for a police investigation. At the rally Barwood told reporters, "pranks are an important and fun part of the high school experience, but they should not include malicious acts involving live animals. . . [W]hat happened here was not funny. It was pain cruel."
What Can I Do?