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Animal Activist Protest Chicken Game

20 June 2002

INDIANA – As reported by the Evansville Courier and Press: "A national animal rights advocacy group is speaking out against `Chicken Challenge' games being played at Aztar Corp. casinos, including Evansville's Casino Aztar.

"The game, which features a hen playing a human in a game of tick-tack-toe, made its debut June 1 at Casino Aztar. The hen is inside a game machine and places her `O' on the tick-tack-toe board by pecking on a screen.

"Humans who defeat the highly trained hen win $5,000.

"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter Monday to Aztar Corp. President and Chief Financial Officer Robert M. Haddock alleging that the `Chicken Challenge"'treats the animals cruelly.

"…Pam Martin, Casino Aztar's director of advertising and public relations, said the Evansville casino has received no negative local comments about the `Chicken Challenge.'

"Casino Aztar has 15 hens for use in the game. A new chicken is placed in the game booth every hour.

"Martin said all chickens are kept in a temperature-controlled, smoke-free environment where they are regularly cared for and fed.

"…Martin said. `It's a much better life than some chickens are subjected to.'

"…Martin said the hens and their coop were inspected by Vicki Kavanaugh, director of Evansville Animal Care and Control.

"…Kavanaugh said she has received no complaints about the `Chicken Challenge' or the care that the hens receive…"

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