United Poultry Concers
1 December 2010
School Chicken Deaths Elicit Outpouring of Support, The Mercury News, Nov. 30, 2010

“News that two chickens raised by second-graders at El Monte Elementary School were found strangled over the Thanksgiving break has elicited an outpouring of support. . . There are no leads into who committed the act or why, but police are sure someone killed the chickens.” To read the article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_16742432

UPC emailed a letter expressing our sympathy to the school, the students, and the chickens:

Christina Boman, Principal
El Monte Elementary School
1400 Dina Drive
Concord, CA 94518
bomanc@mdusd.k12.ca.us

Dear Ms. Boman,

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization based in Virginia that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl, I want to extend to you and your students our sincere condolences over the wanton killing of two of your hens, Linny and Maxine, on November 23-24. We learned about this episode in The Mercury News (11/30/2010).

These killings were cruel not only to you and your students and Linny and Maxine, but to the chickens who had to watch and listen to Linny and Maxine as they were being attacked and killed. I hope the perpetrators will be captured and prosecuted for their crime to the fullest extent of the law.

Please let us know if there is anything United Poultry Concerns can do to help.

It would be great if your school could arrange for a responsible person to take care of your birds over holidays and weekends. The newspaper article says you’re planning to fortify your chicken coop and to install a security camera. These are excellent precautions. I hope they will be implemented as quickly as possible.

Here at United Poultry Concerns, we have a sanctuary for chickens, and we love our birds very much. It is terrible to imagine anyone hurting them.

Please let your student know how much we sympathize with them and their chickens. I am very sorry about Linny and Maxine and the suffering and terror they endured at the hands of their abusers.

Sincerely,

Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Concerns

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