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Originally Posted: July 8, 2013
See original alert: Whether you are in Oregon or not, Please Speak Out Against Animal Scramble
Thanks to activists against using rabbits in this event, Kelli Fisher, President of the Cottage Grove Riding Club, agreed to not use rabbits, but will be using chickens instead! As we all know, swapping out one sentient creature to terrorize for another is most definitely not the answer.
Please call or email and tell the Riding Club to cancel the event:
Cottage Grove Riding Club
online contact form: http://www.cottagegroveridingclub.com/ContactUs.html
Contact Cottage Grove Mayor, Myron Bailey
online contact form - http://cottage-grove.org/city-government/mayor-a-council/contact-the-council/14-myron-bailey
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
On July 12 and 13, the Cottage Grove Riding Club in Oregon plans to hold its annual Animal Scramble at its annual rodeo. Originally they were going to use rabbits, who are specially bred for this event, are tossed from trucks into the arena and on the count of three, LOTS of children run out screaming and yelling and chase down and thoughtlessly grab and capture the rabbits.
They have switched to chickens!
With all of the fun games available for children, how pathetic and outrageous she chooses the violent one, the cruel one and the one with the most dreadful repercussions for all.
Watch the video here: http://redbarnrabbitrescue.org/2012rodeo.html
From United Poultry Concerns (UPC):
UPC Letter to Kelli Fisher urging her to cancel the “Animal Scramble”
July 9, 2013
Kelli Fisher, President
Cottage Grove Riding Club
Re: “Animal Scramble”
Dear Ms. Fisher,
I understand you have substituted chickens for rabbits for your “animal scramble” children’s event this coming weekend. I urge you please to cancel this event designed to teach children to enjoy scaring, taunting and mistreating chickens and other animals for pleasure. Why do you want to do this to animals? Why do you enjoy teaching children to hurt and disrespect animals instead of respecting and protecting them from harm? Can’t you teach kindness and care?
Substituting chickens for rabbits is not an upgrade. Chickens have the exact same ability to experience fear and trauma as rabbits do. Are you aware of the science of animal ethology? The view that birds are inferior to mammals or that ground-nesting birds such as chickens are inferior to other birds has been totally discredited by science. Chickens are highly sensitive individuals. Only bullies enjoy taunting those at their mercy.
I urge you to show and teach kindness and respect to children and animals. Children will participate in cruel adult-sponsored games even if they don’t want to, in order to avoid ridicule from the adult community they are dependent upon for approval. Please have the courage to cancel this heartless “animal scramble.” The good angels will bless you for your mercy and gracious spirit.
Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Concerns
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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