A Missouri legislator who snapped a chicken's neck, then pulled out its heart on a video posted to Facebook, is facing calls for his resignation.
In the controversial video, Representative Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) never comes close to explaining the connection between the chicken slaughter and his opposition to abortion. The video depicts him decapitating a live chicken while promoting a bill to stop abortion in Missouri
. An online petition says there's no excuse for such gratuitous violence — and is calling for the legislator to resign.
, published on the site Care2 under the name of "Care2 Activists," cites the way Moon killed the chicken and proceeded to remove its organs — eventually pulling out its heart.
“Moon says a lot of nonsensical stuff in the video, but never quite explains why it was necessary to cruelly kill a chicken while announcing the anti-abortion bill. The reality is, there is no justification,” the petition states. “This is evidence that Moon lacks the judgement and temperament we should expect from our leaders.” At press time, the petition already had 84,859 supporters, with more people jumping on board by the minute.
Moon did not reply to our email requesting comment yesterday.
Julie Mastrine, Care2’s Manager of Brand Marketing and PR, says in a press release that Moon engaged in a sadistic act to promote a sadistic bill. Moon's bill, known as the "Missouri Right to Life Act," would recognize conception as the beginning of life.
“Granting cells rights is incredibly dangerous in practice, as we have seen in states with similar laws," Mastrine says in the statement.
She notes examples in Wisconsin and Indiana, adding, "We could expect to see a lot more cases of women being punished and detained for choices they make about their bodies if Moon’s bill passes. Moon is a danger to both animals and women.”
You can view the petition at thepetitionsite.com