UPC: Chickens Sadistically Abused at Kansas State University Basketball Game

February 26th, 2007 8:30 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 2/28/07, via United Poultry Concerns:

We’re pleased to announce that the Kansas State University administrative offices have issued an open letter to KSU fans condemning the mistreatment of chickens at the basketball game on Monday, Feb. 19th.

KSU letter: http://www.k-statesports.com

UPC Action Alert: http://www.upc-online.org/battery_hens/22607ksu.html

During our investigation, United Poultry Concerns discovered that a Sports Illustrated website, SIOnCampus.com, encouraged and gave instructions on how to conduct a “chicken toss” as #32 of the “102 More Things You Gotta Do Before Your Graduate.” We are pleased to announce that as a result of our conversation today with the site’s producer, Andy Gray, the “chicken toss” has been deleted. Mr. Gray said he agreed it was not appropriate for the site to encourage college athletes and their fans to mistreat animals.

We thank everyone who contacted President Wefald and the athletic director and coach at KSU on behalf of the hens who were so cruelty mistreated on Feb. 19. Your letters made and are making a difference. We’re continuing to work with the University to strengthen its policy against mistreating chickens and other animals for entertainment. We will you updated.

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Via United Poultry Concerns:

Chickens Sadistically Abused at Kansas State University Basketball Game

On Monday, February 19, 2007, three, possibly four, hens were thrown onto the basketball court from the stands at KSU’s Bramlidge Coliseum at a basketball game. They were alive when they were thrown onto the court over a distance of approximately thirty feet. They were wounded, and they could not get up on their legs. One of the hens appeared to have blood on her shoulder. Another photo shows four hens painted red and blue (the school colors) in a plastic tub, apparently before they were thrown.

The images show that these hens came from a battery-caged hen facility. They landed near the cheerleaders. The following two videos show a bit of what happened:

UPC’s Letter: http://www.upc-online.org/entertainment/22307KSU.html

Media Coverage: http://www.ksufans.com/forums/index.php?topic=8472.0

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/feb/20/keep_streakin/?sports

What Can I Do?

A letter from Assistant University Attorney Jacqueline R. Butler (2.22.07) to PETA states that Kansas State University has a policy that live animals are contraband and not allowed into University athletic events. “Anyone caught bringing contraband items into a University venue or throwing any object at the playing area during one of our Athletics contests is subject to ejection from the facility and applicable penalty of law. . . .. Due to Monday’s events, the University is again reviewing its procedures to help prevent such events in the future.”

1) Please urge that this policy be strictly enforced and tell the University that mistreating chickens and other animals is unacceptable and reflects very badly on the school. Request a written reply.

Dr. Jon Wefald, President
Kansas State University Office of the President
110 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Tel: 785-532-6221. Fax: 785-532-7639
Email: pres [at] k-state.edu

Tim Weiser, Athletic Director
Tel: 785-532-7725
Email: ksuad [at] k-state.edu
Bob Huggins, Head Coach
Tel: 785-532-6531
Email: huggins [at] ksu.edu

2) You may post a letter via the above websites (under Media Coverage in this alert) regarding this episode.

Please speak up on behalf of these totally sad and mistreated hens who never harmed anyone and whose entire life has been one of human-created misery and abuse from the battery cage to the basketball court. Thank you.

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