Chicken Killed at Calgary Art School: Take Action!


Chicken Killed at Calgary Art School: Take Action!

April 26, 2013

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BACKGROUND | SOURCE CETFA

Last Thursday, on April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design brought a live chicken into the school’s cafeteria. In front of spectators, the student slowly cut the throat of the writhing and screaming bird. The student proceeded to bleed the chicken out, remove the head and feathers and drop the bird into a pot–all under the guise of performance art.

Art never justifies harming and inflicting fear, pain and suffering upon another sentient being. The student`s actions must be recognized as what they are: blatant abuse and cruelty inflicted upon a defenceless animal.

Further, the student`s actions may be a sign of psychopathology. A large body of research indicates that those who inflict pain and suffering upon human victims start by inflicting it upon non-human animals.

It is important that the student who committed this cruelty be prosecuted by authorities and disciplined by the school (along with undergoing mandatory psychological treatment).

1. Contact the Alberta College of Art and Design to urge the school to discipline the student who committed this act of cruelty, adopt a formal policy prohibiting animal cruelty. Also request that the school take steps to counteract the unacceptable message of cruelty and violence promoted by this student’s actions and invite CETFA`s humane educator to give a presentation to students, faculty and staff.

2. Contact the Chief of Calgary Police Service, the Chief Crown Prosecutor, the Alberta SPCA and the Calgary Humane Society, and politely urge them to lay charges against the student as Section 2 of Alberta’s provincial Animal Protection Act prohibits causing an animal to be in distress (defined in s.1(2) as including animals that are injured, in pain, suffering, abused or subjected to undue hardship).
WHOM TO CONTACT

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president@acad.ca ; AnneMarie.Dorland@acad.ca ; cps@calgarypolice.ca ; lloyd.robertson@gov.ab.ca ; execdir@albertaspca.org ; general.inquiries@calgaryhumane.ca ; admin@calgaryhumane.ca

Individual Alberta College of Art and Design Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO 1407-14 Ave NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3 Email : president@acad.caPhone: 403.284.7670 Fax: 403.338.5575

Anne Marie Dorland, Director of Communications Email: AnneMarie.Dorland@acad.ca Phone: 403.284.7656

Rick Hanson, Chief of Calgary Police ServiceCalgary Police Service5111 47 St. N.E.

Calgary, Alberta T3J 3R2 Email: cps@calgarypolice.ca Phone: 403-428-5900

Lloyd Robertson, Chief Crown Prosecutor 600 Centrium Place 332-6 Ave. S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2P 0B2 Email: lloyd.robertson@gov.ab.ca Phone: 403-297-8444 Fax: 403-297-4311

Alberta SPCA Terra Johnston, Executive Director 10806 – 124 Street NW Edmonton, AB  T5M 0H3 Email: execdir@albertaspca.org Phone: 780-447-3600 Fax: 780-447-4748

Calgary Humane Society Mark Takhar, Executive Director Brad Nichols, Manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations 4455 110th AVE SE Calgary, Alberta T2C 2T7 Email: general.inquiries@calgaryhumane.ca or admin@calgaryhumane.ca Phone: 403-205-4455 Fax: 403-723-6050
SAMPLE LETTER

To Whom It Concerns,

On April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design brought a live chicken into the school’s cafeteria. In front of spectators, the student slowly cut the throat of the writhing and screaming bird. The student proceeded to bleed the chicken out, remove the head and feathers and drop the bird into a pot–all under the guise of performance art.

Art never justifies harming and inflicting fear, pain and suffering upon another sentient being. The student`s actions must be recognized as what they are: blatant abuse and cruelty inflicted upon a defenseless animal.

Further, the student`s actions may be a sign of psychopathology. A large body of research indicates that those who inflict pain and suffering upon human victims start by inflicting it upon non-human animals.

It is important that the student who committed this cruelty be prosecuted by authorities and disciplined by the school (along with undergoing mandatory psychological treatment).

I am urging the school to discipline the student who committed this act of cruelty and to adopt a formal policy prohibiting animal cruelty. I am also requesting that the school take steps to counteract the unacceptable message of cruelty and violence promoted by this student’s actions and invite CETFA`s (Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Farm Animals) humane educator to give a presentation to students, faculty and staff.

I am also contacting the Chief of Calgary Police Service, the Chief Crown Prosecutor, the Alberta SPCA, and the Calgary Humane Society, and politely urging them to lay charges against the student under Section 2 of Alberta’s provincial Animal Protection Act, which prohibits causing an animal to be in distress (defined in s.1(2) as including animals [who] are injured, in pain, suffering, abused, or subjected to undue hardship).

Thank you for taking the time to consider this urgent appeal.

Our Compass

BACKGROUND | SOURCECETFA

Last Thursday, on April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design brought a live chicken into the school’s cafeteria. In front of spectators, the student slowly cut the throat of the writhing and screaming bird. The student proceeded to bleed the chicken out, remove the head and feathers and drop the bird into a pot–all under the guise of performance art.

Art never justifies harming and inflicting fear, pain and suffering upon another sentient being. The student`s actions must be recognized as what they are: blatant abuse and cruelty inflicted upon a defenceless animal.

Further, the student`s actions may be a sign of psychopathology. A large body of research indicates that those who inflict pain and suffering upon human victims start by inflicting it upon non-human animals.

It is important that the student who committed this cruelty be prosecuted by authorities and…

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