Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Chicken Project

Pressured by animal-rights groups, school chops ‘chicken project’

After heavy lobbying from animals-rights groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Canandaigua Academy Principal Lynne Erdle has terminated the so-called “chicken project” which has a class of students each year raising chickens and killing them.

Lindsay Rajt, manager of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Friday that Erdle sent an e-mail to the organization saying that school officials “recognize the concern” and had discontinued the project, which had been part of a high school ecology class for the past three years. Read More

Teaching the cycle of life and food production has taken a back seat to special interest groups at Canandaigua Academy. Shielding our children from the fact that some things must die for other things to live doesn’t do them any favors. It is important for us to educate our children with the whole story of food production and show them the importance of utilizing these resources.

1 comment:

Sara DownToEarth said...

It is sad that we have become so disconnected from our food. I believe many of the extreme positions we see relating to ag and food stem from our disconnect with the "circle of life". My kids name each of the steers we raise to sell as beef in the local farmer's markets. I bet they have a much healthier outlook on food and life than most.