Target: Sheriff of Fresno County Margaret Mims
Goal: Prosecute teenagers responsible for killing 920 chickens with golf club
Four teenagers, three of whom are juveniles, were arrested by Fresno County Deputies for breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing 920 chickens with a golf club. All four have been charged with burglary and animal cruelty for breaking onto the property and killing the chickens in a brutal fashion. The murderers are aged 18, 17, and 15. These teenagers allegedly entered the property to hurt these chickens and should be prosecuted for trespassing and inflicting harm on innocent animals.
Currently, the sheriff’s department does not know the purpose of killing the chickens, and does not expect to make more arrests. The name of the 18-year-old, Gabriel Quintero, was released, although the department cannot reveal more details about the other suspects. Officials do know that the teenagers broke through a fence on the Foster Farms ranch where they then proceeded to kill 920 chickens with a golf club and perhaps another blunt object.
Fortunately, not all of the chickens were killed in the barn, as several thousand chickens are housed in the facility. Foster Farms is taking this case seriously, as it is a blatant disregard of animal welfare. Demand that the Fresno County Sheriff Department prosecute the teenagers for trespassing and for the senseless slaughter of hundreds of chicken, in addition to conducting a psychological assessment of their mental health.
Dear Sheriff Mims,
Recently, your deputies arrested four teenagers suspected to have been involved in breaking into a Foster Farms ranch and killing more than 900 chickens. This act is senseless slaughter, and I cannot fathom what reason these teenagers have for killing so many animals. I ask that you not only prosecute these teenagers, but give them a psychological evaluation to ensure that they are not at risk for becoming hardened criminals.
I urge you to prosecute these teenagers regardless of their ages. These teenagers are not children and should know the law, especially about breaking into someone else’s property. The teenagers should be fined, given community service, and be extensively screened for psychological problems. The FBI recognizes that actions of animal cruelty at a young age tend to make the abusers prone to other criminal activity, such as selling drugs, stealing, and killing when they reach adulthood. Please ensure that these teenagers are prosecuted and that these recommendations are taken into consideration.
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