Back in 2009 two Alachua County students were arrested on felony animal cruelty charges.
As the small minded, boastful (and stupid) jerks that they were, they posted a "brag video" on youtube. But when the animal services investigator went to the school principle he didn't even know that there was an ag-chick-raising-bird-killing program going on! Imagine that? 40 students involved in this FFA (Future Farmers Association) project and the only one "in charge" was teacher Allen Shaw who "On the day the video was shot, Shaw was helping students "kill and properly package their chickens."
Adding further ignorance to injury (and murder), charges were dropped in Jan. 2010 --- "after it was discovered the chicken used in the video was already dead when the video was made."
Now I don't know... Any one ever see a "dead chicken" flap her wings as the video shows? How lazy and cowardly the "justice system" is huh? :(
The FFA organization is much like 4H - Yeah they have a "blah, blah" creed too. And a yearly "Beast Feast" where they can win prizes like hunting and fishing trips and killing equipment to add to the pleasure and fun. And they also can gorge on dead deer, pig, fish, and alligator bodies... Oh yes, and tortured chickens too.
I have nothing against teaching kids self sufficiency and how to grow healthy, wholesome foods with projects like the Edible Schoolyard. And I'd love to see the fruits of their labor in neighboring Plant City, that holds it's yearly Strawberry Festival this month... But I'll pass for all the "livestock" shows and the pig races. Pity such a beautiful celebration of nourishing and lovely fruits, marred by the inclusion of animal-slave exhibits.
There's nothing wholesome, healthy, normal or kind in slaughtering victims. We need to stop condoning butchery - Not hold classes with hands on methods of doing such!
So - In lieu of all the above, Karen Davis founder of United Poultry Concerns, along with HERO Humane Educators Reaching Out, is organizing an effort to get Florida Schools to enforce statutory mandates of humane treatment toward all beings and to end the slaughter of animals in schools. Having spoken to dozens of education officials here in Florida - I can confirm that most haven't even ever heard of the statute: Title XXVII, Part IV, Chapter 1003.42 let alone follow it's rule.
You know... I can't do very much about the institutional slaughter of 57 billion land animals a year in the world... But I sure can do something about the brutalization in my own back yard!
Join us on March 31 from Noon to 1PM outside the Orange County Courthouse . Be there- if not in body, but in mind, spirit and intent! Oh... And you'll know who we are - We're the ones not wearing uniforms or badges... And not killing.
Upcoming events: United Poultry Concerns