United Poultry Concerns
10 March 2011
Orlando Rally & Protest to Stop Animal Slaughter in Florida Schools
Activists Will Gather, File Petition with Florida Department of Education – Please Join Us!

WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2011 from Noon to 1PM

WHERE: Orange County Courthouse, 425 North Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida 32801

WHY: On April 15, 2009, two students at Hawthorne High School, in Alachua County, bashed a chicken to the ground and posted the episode on YouTube. Inside the school, students tortured chickens to death in an orgy of cruelty while teacher Allen Shaw looked the other way.

The YouTube video – shot on school property – shows student Robert Gordon bashing a live chicken to the ground while student Patrick Dougan says “Rip him apart” and “This is Animal Cruelty.” To watch the video, click below:

“YOU can help stop the killing in Florida schools!” says Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns. “Join us on March 31 from Noon to 1PM outside the Orange County Courthouse to stand against animal cruelty and help publicize the Petition filed by attorney Adam Karp on behalf of United Poultry Concerns and Humane Educators Reaching Out.”

“HERO and UPC have filed a petition for rulemaking with the Florida Department of Education,” Adam Karp explains. “The purpose is to address the cruel mistreatment of chickens in a high school slaughter course at Hawthorne High School, resulting in the State Attorney’s initiation of criminal prosecution against two young men and, now, an effort to catalyze the State’s K-12 educational system to adhere to its statutory mandate of humane treatment toward all beings.” Mr. Karp will answer questions at the Protest along with UPC president Karen Davis and HERO director Susan Hargreaves. To read the petition for rulemaking, click here.

“Bullying and violence are rampant in Florida Schools,” says Susan Hargreaves, Executive Director of Humane Educators Reaching Out, a Florida-based organization that bestows Animal Hero Kid Awards (http://humaneeducatorsreachingout.com). “These Florida killing classes are a direct and dangerous contradiction to the work of all humane educators,” she says, noting that pigs, chickens and other animals are used in Florida schools with the end result of the project being the animals’ death, creating an attitude of cruelty and disrespect.

For more details contact Karen Davis 757-678-7875; Susan Hargreaves 561-575-5517; Orlando contact Bryan Wilson 407-619-6005.

Please see map for directions: www.ninja9.org/courts/courthouses/dtmap.htm


Note: Adam Karp is the keynote speaker at the Barry University School of Law’s Animal Law Forum, Saturday April 2, 2011 in Orlando. UPC president Karen Davis and HERO director Susan Hargreaves will attend the Forum, and we encourage others to register. For information, go to http://www.barry.edu/law/news/details.htm?ID=18692&webid=30 or send an email to BarryLawSALDF@gmail.com.

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