October 10, 2000
Mr. Peter Austin, General
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Dear Mr. Austin:
On behalf of our 10,000 members nationwide, I am writing to ask you,
please, to cancel the Omni Shoreham's hosting of the Wine Tasting
Association (WTA) seminar scheduled for Wednesday evening, October
We have asked the WTA president, Mark Phillips, to cancel the seminar
because the production of foie gras is an extremely cruel practice
based on forcing metal tubes down the throats of ducks and geese in
order to force them to engorge more food than they otherwise would.
The birds can hardly walk, and some cannot walk due to the weight,
imbalance and pain caused by having to drag along the unhealthy
oversized liver that results from the inhumane practice of force
We want you to know in advance that if the seminar is not canceled,
we will hold a protest demonstration at the hotel. This fax includes
a News Release that is on the Internet and that will be faxed to news
media this afternoon.
We sincerely hope it will not be necessary to hold the protest
demonstration, with signs, bull horns, etc in front of the Omni
Shoreham. However, we will do this if the seminar is not canceled.
Mr. Phillips has been contacted by the ASPCA and PETA urging him to
drop the seminar. We are asking you in your capacity as the hotel's
general manager to take the initiative if Mr. Phillips will not.
If you have questions about our plans, please do not hesitate to
contact me at 757-678-7875.
I look forward to a response from you as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.
Karen Davis, PhD
10/17/2000: News Release - UPC Protest Tomorrow At Foie Gras Seminar
10/10/2000: News Release - Foie Gras Protest Wed Oct 18 in DC
10/9/2000: UPC Letter to Wine Tasting Association Re: Foie Gras Seminar
10/9/2000: Action Alert - Cancel WTA Foie Gras Seminar
United Poultry Concerns. October 10, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Letter to Omni Shoreham Hotel Re: WTA Foie Gras Seminar)