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    More Letters Needed to Polk County Prosecutor & Sheriff s Office Source: HUMANELINES and United Poultry Concerns Letter prepared by D. Artemis BACKGROUND:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2003
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      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:
      http://upc-online.org/spring03/tysons.htm

      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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      letter.
      =======================================================================================================================================TO:
      The Honorable Tim Williamson
      Prosecuting Attorney
      Polk County Prosecutor's Office
      PO Box 109
      600 Port Arthur Street
      Mena, AR 71953
      Ph: 479-394-6114
      Fax: 479-394-6173

      Sheriff Michael Oglesby
      Polk County Sheriff's Office
      507 Church Street
      Mena, AR 71953
      Ph: 479-394-8163
      Fax: 479-394-1975

      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

      Honorable Sirs:

      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.

      Sincerely,

      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
      of people.

      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
      third.

      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
      throat.

      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.
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