United Poultry Concerns
24 March 2011
For Immediate Release Contact Karen Davis 757-678-7875
Animal Advocates Challenge Animal Slaughter in Florida Classrooms
Legal Petition for Action Presented to Florida Department of Education

Machipongo, Va. March 24 /PRNewswire/On March 9, 2011 petitioners Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns and Susan Hargreaves of Humane Educators Reaching Out (HERO) filed a Petition for Agency Action with the Florida Department of Education seeking promulgation of new rules for humane treatment of animals and banning animal slaughter in K-12 classrooms pursuant to the statutory mandates of Florida education law.

Catalyzing the petition was the highly publicized criminal prosecution of Hawthorne High School students Patrick Dougan and Robert Gordon, in Alachua County, for the crime of animal cruelty after they tortured a chicken to death and videotaped their abuse during a classroom slaughter project in which students abused birds without penalty in the teacher’s presence. The violent YouTube video that sparked the investigation can be seen at www.upc-online.org/hawthorne/.

On Thursday March 31, 2011, from Noon to 1pm, Florida activists will hold a Rally at the Orange County Courthouse, at 425 N. Orange Avenue in Orlando, to publicize the Petition and protest animal slaughter in Florida schools. They will urge humane education consistent with Florida’s progressive educational system that seeks to safeguard humane treatment of animals.

At the Rally, attorney Adam Karp, who prepared the Petition for the complainants and is the keynote speaker at the Barry University School of Law’s Animal Law Forum on April 2 in Orlando, will join UPC president Karen Davis and HERO director Susan Hargreaves to answer questions about the Petition. “Bullying and violence are rampant in Florida schools,” says Florida educator Susan Hargreaves. “Pigs, chickens and other animals are used in Florida schools in ways that create an attitude of cruelty and disrespect for both people and animals.”

“We want an end to animal cruelty in Florida schools,” says United Poultry Concerns president Karen Davis. “The orgy of abuse at Hawthorne High School led directly to the torture of a living creature outside the classroom. Instead of learning to be kind to animals, students were taught to be cruel. This is not what students should be learning from their teachers.”

For more information, contact Karen Davis at 757-678-7875 or Adam Karp at 888-430-0001. Orlando contact: Bryan Wilson 407-619-6005.

To view the Petition for Agency Action, click on www.upc-online.org/fldoepetition

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. www.upc-online.org

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