United Poultry Concerns July, 9 2008

High School Curriculum to Resume Chicken Slaughter?

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High School Curriculum to Include Chicken Slaughter?

(Ontario County, NY)  Due to vocal supporters of the high school's previously banned hands-on chicken slaughter project, the Canadaigua Academy is now considering reversing its earlier decision to eliminate the project. The project, which had been part of the school's curriculum for the last 3 years, was canceled earlier this spring following a public outpouring of objections. The ecology class project had students raising chicks in pens and ultimately slaughtering, plucking, gutting, and barbecuing them. While the supervising teacher argued that the class serves to "educate people to the true cost of today's diet," the inherent violence of the meat industry does not justify its reenactment in our classrooms.

Recent News Story:

Canandaigua classroom chicken slaughter rethought
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 12, 2008

Related Links:

The Canandaigua Academy
The Canandaigua City School District

Since the Academy and School Board seem to be influenced by public opinion, please weigh in and let them know the world is watching. Polite letters may be sent to the addresses below, encouraging Principal Erdle and the School Board to follow through with their previous decision to cancel the project, thereby demanding compassion in their classrooms and adhering to their high standards.

Lynne Erdle, Principal
Canandaigua Academy
215 Granger Street
Canandaigua, NY  14424

Tarry Shipley, School Board President
Jeanie Grimm, School Board Vice-President
Canandaigua City School District
143 North Pearl Street
Canandaigua, NY  14424

Letter Writing Tips

Chickens are not usually protected by state anti-cruelty laws due to built-in exemptions such as those for 'traditional farm and animal husbandry practices.'  Download a free copy of your state's laws here:  Animal Protection Laws of the United States and Canada

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