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Animal Justice Calls for Calgary Chicken Killer to be Charged

Animal Justice Canada has launched a petition, calling on Rick Hanson, Chief of Calgary Police Service, and the Chief Crown Prosecutor, to lay charges against the Alberta College of Art and Design student who cruelly and needlessly slaughtered a chicken in a public school cafeteria.

“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 an eyewitness. “He drew it out… more or less probably for the shock factor.”

It is a criminal offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal, and students who witnessed the event clearly indicated that the chicken suffered.

The student claimed that the chicken slaughter was a piece of performance art, done to complete a part of his course work.

“Art is no excuse for slaughtering an animal,” said Camille Labchuk of Animal Justice. “Charges are necessary to send a strong message that this kind of behavior is not condoned, and that our society does not tolerate the needless suffering of animals.”

Animal Justice Canada is a Canadian Registered Charity dedicated to advancing public knowledge of animal practices and preventing the abuse and killing of animals through the enforcement of existing laws.

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