What follows is the original email and course description that ADL received:
Every year, Reed College has a one-week festival of learning,
known as Paideia. This year, a student named Gabriel Holt is putting on a
class where four live chickens will be slaughtered. I expressed my
concerns to Gabriel about the animals' welfare, and I am concerned that
inexperienced people killing chickens will lead to unnecessary pain and
However, after Gabriel confirmed that the chickens were going to be
slaughtered, he did not respond to my follow-up email, where I expressed
concerns about the animals' treatment. I don't know how these chickens
were obtained and if they can legally be killed, but I feel that it is
sickening that Reed students are taking part in the killing of live
animals. Please see below for more details about the situation; the
chickens will be slaughtered on Sunday, January 24th.
Sunday, January 24
Chokin' the Chicken
11:00 am-3:00 pm, the Fridge
Hey meat eaters, come take responsibility for your diet: learn how to
properly slaughter, clean, and dress a chicken. And then grill and eat them!
We also have a coop with 4 feathery residents if you're interested in seeing
how to keep them alive as well.(x)
This event is being held at "The Fridge", an off-campus and informal "Reed House." The location of "The Fridge" is undisclosed to the public for this event as it is not actually on Reed's campus.
**Portland Animal Defense League**