United Poultry Concerns 3 December 2002
Urge That Livestock Abuse Charges
Be Pressed Against Iowa Turkey Beaters

On October 23, 2002, two men, Kyle Alan Sloan and Kevin Andrew Sloan, beat to death one hundred turkeys at Woodland Farms in Story County, Iowa. The men have been charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and the Class D Felony offense of having knowingly injured and willfully destroyed the turkeys by an act of violence.

Because the Class D Felony charge appears to address the killing of the turkeys more from the standpoint of property damage than from the standpoint of animal cruelty and abuse, we are urging the Story County prosecutor to add to the other charges the charge of Livestock Abuse. A Livestock Abuser is specifically defined under Iowa law as a "person [who] injures or destroys livestock owned by another person, in any manner. . . .A person guilty of livestock abuse commits an aggravated misdemeanor.

Please write a respectful letter to the Story County District Attorney and urge him to file livestock abuse charges against Kevin and Kyle Sloan. Remind him that the court must recognize the true victims of this violent crime-the one hundred turkey who were cruelly beaten to death. Contact:

Mr. Stephen Holmes
Story County District Attorney
1315 South B Avenue
Nevada, Iowa 50201
Ph: 515-382-7255
Fax: 515-382-7270

We thank The Humane Society of the United States for this information.

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

(Action Alert - Urge That Livestock Abuse Charges Be Pressed Against Iowa Turkey Beaters)

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