Animal cruelty isn't "art": charge the Calgary chicken killer
  • Petitioning Rick Hanson

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Chief, Calgary Police Service
Rick Hanson
Office of the Crown Prosecutor
Chief Crown Prosecutor

Animal cruelty isn't "art": charge the Calgary chicken killer

    1. Petition by

      Animal Justice Canada

On April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design used a knife to slit the throat of a live, terrified chicken. He committed this appalling and deeply disturbing act of abuse against a defenceless animal in the middle of a busy cafeteria, while other students looked on in horror.

“He just decided to slowly slit its throat while it's wiggling, wriggling and screaming and then drained it out, popped its head off, strung it up, washed it, plucked it," said one student who witnessed the slaughter. "He drew it out… more or less probably for the shock factor.”

The student claimed that slaughtering the chicken was a piece of performance art that he was completing as part of his coursework. Meanwhile, the school has offered counselling to the traumatized students who witnesseed the incident.

It is a criminal offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal, and eyewitness accounts of the incident clearly show the chicken suffered. Despite this, the police and the Crown prosecutor have refused to lay charges against the man who ruthlessly and unnecessarily killed the chicken, claiming the incident does not meet the threshold for criminal charges.

A police spokesperson made the flippant remark that "Not a lot of thought went into this."

That's not good enough. This wasn't just a thoughtless act; it is full-scale animal cruelty. "Art" is no excuse for harming other creatures. If this student is not charged, others will feel free to kill and abuse animals in a similar way. Only criminal charges will send a strong message that our compassionate society doesn't tolerate disturbing and needless animal suffering.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Art student won't face charges for killing chicken

      The Calgary Herald has provided an update: despite nearly 800 signatures in a few short days, the authorities are still refusing to enforce animal cruelty laws by charging the Calgary chicken killer. Meanwhile, the school has brought in an external investigator to examine the brutal slaughter.

      http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/student+face+charges+killing+chicken/8284919/story.html

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Yvonne Mallard VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      animal abuse comes in all packages - suffering has to stop - I applaud the petitioner!

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    • Linda Chan CHISLEHURST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      This person is evil. He should be prosecuted & punished, otherwise this sends out a really bad and wrong message. This should never ever be tolerated. It's disgusting! I hope this person suffers a horrible and terrifying fate. He deserves to suffer and I hope he never ever inds peace and that his cruel actions will bounce back onto him.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      "Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest."

      -- Lloyd Biggle Jr.

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    • Cristina Lamonaca ROMA, ITALY
      • 5 months ago

      assurda la futilità di alcuni atti...

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    • Reidun Carstens HOLTER, NORWAY
      • 6 months ago

      On April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design used a knife to slit the throat of a live, terrified chicken. He committed this appalling and deeply disturbing act of abuse against a defenceless animal in the middle of a busy cafeteria, while other students looked on in horror. This wasn't just a thoughtless act; it is full-scale animal cruelty. "Art" is no excuse for harming other creatures. If this student is not charged, others will feel free to kill and abuse animals in a similar way. Only criminal charges will send a strong message that our compassionate society doesn't tolerate disturbing and needless animal suffering.This cannot be allowed.

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