More Letters Needed to Polk County Prosecutor & Sheriff's Office
- More Letters Needed to Polk County Prosecutor & Sheriff's Office
Source: HUMANELINES and United Poultry Concerns
Letter prepared by D. Artemis
BACKGROUND: The Polk County, Arkansas Sheriff and Prosecuting
Attorney's Office are investigating cruelty charges based on Virgil
Butler's affidavit (1/30/03) in which he describes Tyson
slaughterhouse workers in Grannis, AR tearing chickens' bodies apart,
running over chickens with forklifts, and blowing chickens apart with
dry ice bombs for fun, and much more horrific cruelty to these birds
on a nightly basis. To read Virgil Butler's affidavit, go to:
Please urge the sheriff and the prosecuting attorney to file
cruelty-to-animals charges against all those responsible, as described
in Mr. Butler's affidavit.
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The Honorable Tim Williamson
Polk County Prosecutor's Office
PO Box 109
600 Port Arthur Street
Mena, AR 71953
Sheriff Michael Oglesby
Polk County Sheriff's Office
507 Church Street
Mena, AR 71953
RE: Request you aggressively investigate, and if the evidence
warrants it, prosecute any Tyson employees who participated in animal
cruelty at Tyson's chicken slaughterhouse
A former employee of a Tyson chicken slaughterhouse in Grannis, Ark.
has come forward with allegations of horrific, routine animal cruelty
by Tyson employees. According to the statements made by Virgil
Butler, a five-year employee at the Tyson slaughterhouse, named
employees routinely tortured birds to death. In some instances, birds
were blown apart by dry-ice bombs, were intentionally scalded to
death, were chased down and run over with a forklift, or had their
legs broken in order to fit them into shackles that were too small.
Butler also cites one employee who reportedly would "rip the heads,
legs, and wings off live chickens, or just stomp them to death on the
floor because he was aggravated." According to Mr. Butler, "[t]hese
kinds of incidents sometimes led to hours of suffering for chickens
with broken legs and wings and were ongoing and repetitive--just a
part of a regular night's work."
Mental health professionals and top law-enforcement officials
consider cruelty to animals a precursor to violent crimes against
humans. The American Psychiatric Association identifies animal
cruelty as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders, and
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uses reports of animal
cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known
criminals. Experts agree that it is the severity of the behavior
not the species of victim that must be taken into account.
As the trail of sad examples below shows, and recent violence across
our country attest to; it is time to send a clear message to people
capable of intentionally inflicting serious injury or death to
helpless animals, that such brutal and senseless crimes will not be
tolerated and there are guaranteed consequences for those who would
show such disdain for the law.
I ask you to aggressively investigate, and if the evidence warrants
it, prosecute any Tyson employees who participated in animal cruelty
at Tyson's chicken slaughterhouse.
ATTACHMENT: ANIMAL VICTIMS / HUMAN VICTIMS:
REPORTS FROM POLICE CASE FILES
Russell Weston Jr., tortured and killed 12 cats: burned and cut off
their tails, paws, ears; poured toxic chemicals in their eyes to
blind them; forced them to ingest poison, hung them from trees (the
noose loose enough to create a slow and painful death.) Later killed
2 officers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Jeffery Dahmer staked cats to trees and decapitated dogs. Later he
dissected boys, and kept their body parts in the refrigerator.
Murdered 17 men.
Kip Kinkle shot 25 classmates and killed several in Springfield,
Oregon. He killed his father and mother. Said he blew up a cow once.
Set a live cat on fire and dragged the innocent creature through the
main street of town. Classmates rated him as "Most Likely to Start
World War 3."
As a boy, Albert De Salvo, the "Boston Strangler," placed a dog and
cat in a crate with a partition between them. After starving the
animals for days, he removed the partition to watch them kill each
other. He raped and killed 13 women by strangulation. He often posed
bodies in a shocking manner after their murders.
Richard Allen Davis set numerous cats on fire. He killed all of Polly
Klaus' animals before abducting and murdering Polly Klaus, aged 12,
from her bedroom.
11-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson tortured
and killed dogs. On March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Golden
and Johnson shot and killed 4 students and 1 teacher during a fire
drill at their school.
After 16-year-old Luke Woodham mortally stabbed his mother, killed 2
classmates and shot 7 others, he confessed to bludgeoning his dog
Sparkle with baseball bats and pouring liquid fuel down her throat
and to set fire to her neck. "I made my first kill today," he wrote
in his court-subpoenaed journal. "It was a loved one...I¹ll never
forget the howl she made. It sounded almost human." In June 1998,
Woodham was found guilty of 3 murders and 7 counts of aggravated
assault. He was sentenced to 3 life sentences and an additional 20
years for each assault.
Theodore Robert Bundy, executed in 1989 for at least 50 murders, was
forced to witness a grandfather who tortured animals. Bundy later
heaped graves with animal bones.
At 4-years-old, Michael Cartier dislocated the legs of rabbits and
hurled a kitten through a closed window. He later shot Kristin
Lardner 3 times in the head, before shooting himself.
Henry Lee Lucas killed numerous animals and had sex with their
corpses. He killed his mother, common law wife, and an unknown number
Edward Kemperer cut up 2 cats. He later killed his grandparents,
mother and 7 other women.
Richard Speck threw a bird into a ventilator fan. Killed 8 women.
Randy Roth taped a cat to a car's engine and used an industrial
sander on a frog. Killed 2 of his wives and attempted to kill a
David Richard Davis shot and killed 2 healthy ponies, threw a wine
bottle at a pair of kittens and hunted with illegal methods. Murdered
his wife, Shannon Mohr Davis, for insurance money.
Peter Kurten, the Dusseldorf Monster, tortured dogs, and practiced
bestiality while killing animals. He went on to murder or attempt to
murder over 50 men, women and children.
Richard Trenton Chase, "The Vampire Killer of Sacramento," bit the
heads off birds, drained animals for their blood, killed animals for
their organs, and later killed 6 people in random attacks. One police
officer present at the scene of the first murder, confessed to having
nightmares about the crime for months afterwards.
"The Kobe Killer,² an as yet unnamed 15-year-old boy in Japan,
beheaded a cat and strangled several pigeons. Decapitated 11-year-old
Jun Hase, and battered to death a 10-year-old girl with a hammer, and
assaulted 3 other children in separate attacks.
Richard William Leonard's grandmother forced him to kill and mutilate
cats and kittens when he was a child. He later killed Stephen Dempsey
with a bow and arrow. He also killed Ezzedine Bahmad by slashing his
Tom Dillion murdered people's pets. He shot and killed Jamie Paxton,
aged 21; Claude Hawkins, aged 49; Donald Welling, aged 35; Kevin
Loring, aged 30; and Gary Bradely, aged 44.
At 9-years-old, Eric Smith strangled a neighbor's cat. At 13, he
bludgeoned 4-year-old Derrick Robie to death. Smith lured the little
boy into the woods, choked him, sodomized him with a stick, then beat
him to death with a rock.
David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam," poisoned his mother's parakeet out of
jealousy. He later shot 13 young men and women. 6 people died and at
least 2 suffered permanent disabilities.
Arthur Shawcross repeatedly threw a kitten into a lake until the
kitten drowned from exhaustion. Killed a young girl. After serving 15-
1/2 years in prison, he killed 11 more women.
Michael Perry decapitated a neighbor's dog. Later killed his parents,
infant nephew and 2 neighbors.
Jason Massey¹s killing resume began with cats and dogs; at 20 he
decapitated and disemboweled a 13-year-old girl and fatally shot a 14-
year old boy. He claims to have killed 37 cats, 29 dogs and 6 cows.
Patrick Sherrill stole neighborhood pets, tethered them with baling
wire and encouraged his dog to mutilate them. He killed 14 co-workers
and himself in 1986.
Keith Hunter Jesperson, "Happy Face Killer," bashed gopher heads and
beat, strangled and shot stray cats and dogs. He is known to have
strangled 8 women. He said: "You're actually squeezing the life out
of these animals...Choking a human being or a cat--it's the same
feeling...I'm the very end result of what happens when somebody kills
an animal at an early age."
Carroll Edward Cole, executed in 1985 for an alleged 35 murders and
reputed to be one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S.
history, confessed that his first act of violence was to strangle a
puppy under the porch of his house.
Robert Alton Harris murdered two 16-year-old boys, doused a neighbor
with lighter fluid and tossed matches at him. His initial run-in with
police was for killing neighborhood cats.