UPDATE FROM UNITED POULTRY CONCERNS
Meredith Farms Chicken Abandonment Case Postponed
United Poultry Concerns wishes to thank everyone who
responded to our action alert urging people to contact
prosecuting attorney Russell Paul and Judge Sprigman and urge
them to prosecute and convict Paul Waters, the owner of Meredith
Farm chicken slaughtering plant in Franklin Township, New Jersey.
Mr. Waters abandoned 31 chickens to die of hunger and thirst last
Today, Mr. Paul, the prosecuting attorney advised United
Poultry Concerns as follows:
"Today, Mr. Waters faxed a letter to
our Court asking for additional time in order to prepare a
defense. At the call of the list at 4:30 pm, Mr. Waters did not
appear. As Prosecutor, I asked for a warrant for his arrest;
Judge Sprigman issued a Bench Warrant and set bail at five
thousand ($5,000.00) dollars, full cash. At such time as Mr.
Waters is arrested, the case against him can proceed.
All criminal defendants, including Mr. Waters, are presumed
innocent until proven guilty on the charges beyond a reasonable
doubt. Mr. Waters will be given all his Constitutional and legal
rights. However, I assure you I will vigorously prosecute this
case. In the event Mr. Waters is found guilty of the charge of
cruelty to animals I will (a) ask for the maximum penalty allowed
and (b) make the Court aware of the interest expressed by those
who have contacted me to express their condemnation of animal
I will advise you when this matter is next scheduled for
Court. Thank you for your interest. --Russell E. Paul,
Prosecutor, Franklin Township, New Jersey."
United Poultry Concerns will advise everyone of further
See: Action Alert - Meredith Farms Abandoned Chickens - January 3, 2000
United Poultry Concerns. January 28, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Update - Meredith Farms Chicken Abandonment Case Postponed)