"If the offices of the Boy Scouts had not heard from so many
people today [Friday, Nov 19] . . . the slaughter would have
-Lydia Nichols, Executive Director,
Animal activists succeeded in getting the Boy Scouts of
America (BSA) to cancel a chicken slaughtering exercise planned
by a troop leader in Bedford, Texas for November 20th. In April
1998, Boy Scouts Troop 890, also in Texas, hacked a flock of
chickens to death in a field (PoultryPress Spring/Summer 1998).
15 of the 80 Scouts refused to participate.
Former scout leader Diana Orr, president of Rabbit Rescue
(firstname.lastname@example.org), wrote in November: "I fought all day to stop
them from slaughtering rabbits. They moved to chickens. They
still intend to do something along the same lines, on private
land, away from 'seeing' eyes."
In addition, the BSA offers a Boy Scout Badge in Animal
Science that directs the scout to "Kill and dress two birds"--
chicks, poults (baby turkeys), or ducklings.
Fortunately the BSA 1998 Handbook does include kindness as a
Boy Scout characteristic: A Scout knows there is strength
in being gentle. . . . Without good reason,
he does not harm or kill any living thing. . . . Kindness is
not limited to how we feel about people. Be kind to pets and wildlife. Be
kind to the earth. . ." (Ch. 3, p. 50).
However, these virtues need to be translated into a written Code of Behaviour
specifying Boy Scout behaviors and activities in regard to
nonhuman animals that will not be tolerated
within the parameters of Scouting.