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“Art” Student Tortures a Chicken to Death in School Cafeteria

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Originally Posted: April 25, 2013

“Art” Student Tortures a Chicken to Death in School Cafeteria

[Ed. Note: Also read Can Art Go Too Far?]

FROM United Poultry Concerns (UPC)


“He just decided to slowly slit its throat while it’s wiggling, wriggling and screaming.” – Student witness quoted by CBC News, April 18, 2013

As reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC News), an unidentified male student slaughtered a chicken in the cafeteria of Alberta College of Art and Design, in Calgary, Thursday April 18 as “a performance piece” for a sculpture project called Fact or Fiction.

1. Contact the Alberta College of Art and Design to urge the school to discipline the student who committed this act of cruelty, adopt a formal policy prohibiting animal cruelty. Also request that the school take steps to counteract the unacceptable message of cruelty and violence promoted by this student’s actions and invite CETFA`s humane educator to give a presentation to students, faculty and staff.

2. Contact the Chief of Calgary Police Service, the Chief Crown Prosecutor, the Alberta SPCA and the Calgary Humane Society, and politely urge them to lay charges against the student as Section 2 of Alberta’s provincial Animal Protection Act prohibits causing an animal to be in distress (defined in s.1(2) as including animals that are injured, in pain, suffering, abused or subjected to undue hardship).


Alberta College of Art and Design
Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO
1407-14 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3
Email : [email protected]
Phone: 403.284.7670
Fax: 403.338.5575
Anne Marie Dorland, Director of Communications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403.284.7656

Rick Hanson, Chief of Calgary Police Service
Calgary Police Service
5111 47 St. N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T3J 3R2
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403-428-5900

Lloyd Robertson, Chief Crown Prosecutor
600 Centrium Place
332-6 Ave. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0B2
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 403-297-8444
Fax: 403-297-4311

Alberta SPCA
Terra Johnston, Executive Director
10806 – 124 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 0H3
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-447-3600
Fax: 780-447-4748

Calgary Humane Society
Mark Takhar, Executive Director
Brad Nichols, Manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations
4455 110th AVE SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 2T7
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Phone: 403-205-4455
Fax: 403-723-6050


Last Thursday, on April 18, a student at the Alberta College of Art and Design brought a live chicken into the school’s cafeteria. In front of spectators, the student slowly cut the throat of the writhing and screaming bird. The student proceeded to bleed the chicken out, remove the head and feathers and drop the bird into a pot – all under the guise of performance art.

Art never justifies harming and inflicting fear, pain and suffering upon another sentient being. The student`s actions must be recognized as what they are: blatant abuse and cruelty inflicted upon a defenceless animal.

Further, the student`s actions may be a sign of psychopathology. A large body of research indicates that those who inflict pain and suffering upon human victims start by inflicting it upon non-human animals.

It is important that the student who committed this cruelty be prosecuted by authorities and disciplined by the school (along with undergoing mandatory psychological treatment). 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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