- ACAD President and CEO
- ACAD Director of Communications
Anne Marie Dorland
- ACAD Head of Program
- ACAD Acting Director of Communications
Kim Alison Fraser (ACAD Acting Director of Communications)
I was dismayed to learn that, on April 18, 2013, an Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) student brought a live chicken into the school cafeteria and slowly cut the throat of the writhing and screaming bird in front of spectators under the guise of performance art.
Neither art nor education legitimizes harming and inflicting fear, pain, suffering or death upon another sentient being. The student inflicted blatant, unjustified suffering 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 often start by inflicting it upon nonhuman animals.
It is also disturbing that students who witnessed the killing failed to intervene, despite being deeply upset by the cruelty, and that a teacher allegedly approved the killing of the chicken by his student.
While the student who committed this cruelty should be disciplined by ACAD and required to undergo psychological treatment, steps must also be taken by ACAD to prevent any future act of animal cruelty.
I therefore urge you to adopt and enforce a formal policy banning nonhuman animals from all school functions and student projects, as well as prohibiting and penalizing animal cruelty. I urge you to adopt and enforce a Code of Ethical Conduct for all students, faculty and staff. Penalties should include expulsion and failure to graduate for students, and job loss for teachers and staff.
Thank you for taking action on behalf of nonhuman animals, compassionate conduct, and humane education.
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