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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875
October 4, 2002
Teacher Brutally Hatchets Helpless Bird to Death Before Young Students
Teacher Compares Hatchet Killing to Use of "Screwdriver and Hammer"
Machipongo, VA - Washington Island School District administrators
should adopt an immediate written policy banning the instructional
killing of birds and other animals. The Wisconsin teacher who killed
a chicken on school property on September 20 crassly compared this
bird to a "thing," and the hatchet he used to kill her with he
referred to as a tool "in the sense of a screwdriver or a hammer."
An October 2 article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wisconsin) shows
the extent to which Washington Island school administrators and the
teacher, Steve Waldron, are manipulating language to insulate
students (and themselves) from the reality of this cruel and
unnecessary schoolyard killing. It's absurd to assert, as the School
Board president does, that this teacher "deals with life and death in
a most respectful manner." Mr. Waldron didn't "deal with" death-HE
DEALT OUT DEATH and seeks to hide his deed in a blather of platitudes
Parents and others who objected to the schoolyard killing of an
animal might want to use the episode to reflect on why a killing they
consider unsuitable to be seen is okay to commit behind the closed
doors of a slaughterhouse. In some Asian cultures, dogs are killed
for food. Should students be given "diversity" lessons in how other
cultures kill animals whom most Americans regard as family
Chickens experience pain, terror, and suffering the same as mammals.
Avian physiologist Dr. Lesley J. Rogers points out that "the
assumption that birds, including chickens, are not as highly evolved
as mammals is incorrect."
"If we wonder where so much of our violence and callous disregard for
life comes from, we need to look at the classroom as well as the
hypocrisy we are passing on to our children," Dr. Karen Davis,
President of United Poultry Concerns, insists. "The idea that
slaughter is 'necessary' and 'respectful' is ridiculous, and
slaughtering a chicken in front of students is not the same kind of
demonstration as showing them how a baby is born."
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. For more
information, visit http://www.UPC-online.org