posted on Dec. 13, 2007, 9:42AM at http://www.envirolink.org/external.html?itemid=200712140735070.221536
Killing, cooking, eating of baby raccoon draws scrutiny
© 2007 The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Texas — The killing, cooking and eating of a baby raccoon as part of a class in Columbus has raised animal cruelty questions.
Police Chief Danny Jackson says usually the animals are dead when they’re part of a wildlife management and harvesting class at Columbus High School.
Jackson says the October incident apparently involved two students who took a live raccoon to school.
Jackson told KHOU television that the students: “Started stepping and stomping on it, joking they’re tenderizing the animal.”
He says the youths then skinned that raccoon, cooked it and ate it.
Superintendent Randy Hoyer says a substitute teacher was in the class that day and did not know any better — but it won’t happen again.
Hoyer says with the substitute teacher, the students in essence had permission to process the animal on site.
But student Stephan Zavala says — it was animal cruelty.
Columbus is a community of 4,100, located about 55 miles west of Houston.
Information from Rucks Russell of KHOU-TV: http://www.khou.com
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