Student Saves Feathered Friend

Published by PETA.
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When killing time came, a Concordia, Kansas, high school student wasted not a minute in taking action to save a friend. No way, no how was Whitney Hillman going to bind her beloved chicken’s feet with wire and chop his head off over a bucket, as an animal husbandry teacher at Concordia High School had instructed her class to do. Instead, Whitney placed Chicklett Chicken-Hillman in her bag and headed home.

Whitney’s decision landed her a two-day, in-school suspension—but Chicklett was saved and sent to live on a farm. Does Whitney have any regrets? Heck no! She gladly accepted her punishment for leaving school grounds, paid the school for Chicklett, and has refused to apologize for her actions, noting that her previously stated objections were ignored by the instructor.  

PETA’s youth division, peta2, is sending Whitney a big “thank you!” for recognizing that chickens are friends (in Chicklett’s case, even Facebook friends), not food. History will look back kindly on this compassionate student.

Written by Karin Bennett

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