Animal Legal Defense Fund Offers $5,000 Reward in Shocking Central Valley Chicken MassacrePosted on October 1, 2014
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF
Caruthers, Calif. — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) who used a golf club to massacre 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility. The massacre occurred the morning of September 20 approximately 20 miles south of Fresno. Media reports indicate that the killers broke into the property through a hole in the fence at 3691 West Swanson Ave. and used a golf club, and possibly another instrument, to beat nearly 1,000 chickens to death.
While the chickens were slated for eventual slaughter at the factory farming facility, animal cruelty in the state of California is a serious criminal offense. Under California Penal Code § 597(a) any person convicted of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal can be imprisoned for up to three years in county jail and/or fined $20,000 for felony animal cruelty. In California, it is at the DA’s discretion whether animal cruelty is charged as a felony. A misdemeanor charge would bring up to one year imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine. Additional charges, including illegally breaking and entering a private property, may apply.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund frequently makes reward offers in criminal animal cruelty cases. Such a reward helped convict a Brooklyn man accused of setting a cat on fire earlier this spring.
“The suffering of farmed animals is so often overlooked but these chickens deserve justice. This heinous act of animal cruelty must be met with the full force of the law,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “ALDF calls on anyone with information to come forward right away.”
If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons responsible for the massacre of chickens near Fresno, CA, please contact Deputy Chris Curtice at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-3111.