United Poultry Concerns October 8, 2001
UPC Letter to Dr. Michael Appleby re: HSUS Award to James Frantzen
Dr. Michael Appleby. Vice President
Farm Animals and Sustainable Agriculture Section
The Humane Society of the United States
700 Professional Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Dear Dr. Appleby:

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I am writing to express our dismay over this year's Farm Animals Awareness Award recognizing James Frantzen and his "Journal" as promoting an ethic of responsible care for animals. According to the September 26 news release published by the HSUS, James Frantzen's Journal "conveys the young man's respect for non-human life and the environment." However, the excerpt from James's Journal says that he and his family raise hogs and "beef" cattle for slaughter, that they sell full-grown calves for slaughter, and that they keep chickens for eggs. (There is no information about the fate of the "spent" hens or the male chicks or whether the hens are debeaked-Are they?). James's other animal-related "interests" are hunting, fishing, and 4-H! Nothing in the news release explains why The Humane Society of the United States gave this award to James Frantzen. (It really makes you wonder about the other contestants.) James does not come across at all as one who practices a humane ethic or has ever even thought about what the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals might mean.

This award sends an incoherent message to the public. It belittles the ideas of respect for animals' lives and animal protection and it undermines the work of organizations, not to mention other branches of the HSUS, that are working to promote compassion and respect for nonhuman animals.

If there is a fuller account of James Frantzen's qualifications for this "awareness" award, I would greatly appreciate it if you would please send me a copy of whatever there is that shows this 8th-grader as having a "humane" and "respectful" regard for the animals he raises, hunts, fishes, transports, and slaughters.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, Dr. Appleby, and to sharing your response with our members. I realize that you were not part of this year's award selection process. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Karen Davis, PhD
President

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
757-678-7875
FAX: 757-678-5070
www.upc-online.org

(UPC Letter to Dr. Michael Appleby re: HSUS Award to James Frantzen)

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