United Poultry Concerns March 4, 1999
Keith Amberson Starved 50,000 Hens to Death!
Urge the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the County Prosecutor to prosecute Keith Amberson ASAP!

ISSUE: Keith Amberson of Amberson Farms in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County, Washington left 50,000 or more battery-caged hens to starve to death. He deprived them of water, food and adequate ventilation. Amberson's cruelty has received major new media coverage (Seattle Times, TV, etc.)

Even the low standards of "accepted husbandry practices" require the provision of water. Even the American Veterinary Medical Association says regarding the forced molting (prolonged starvation) of hens, that "Under no circumstances should water be withheld."

Please urge the County Sheriff's Office and the County Prosecutor to prosecute Keith Amberson for cruelty. He allowed his hens to starve to death. Why? He had been fined $21,000 by the State Dept of Ecology for failing to comply with cleanup orders. Instead, he left his caged hens to starve in filth and die of thirst. Local activists videotaped this horror and have rescued hundreds of hens.

CAUTION: UPC has been advised that when calling these two offices, do not come across as an "animal person" but rather as an ordinary citizen who is outraged by what they read in the papers and saw on TV and heard from their friends about this case. Prosecution will depend very much on Public Reaction.

Complete Contact Information:

  1. Snohomish County Sherrif's Office
    3000 Rockefeller, M/S 606
    Everett, WA 98201

    Phone: 425-388-3393
    Fax: 425-388-3805

  2. Snohomish County Prosecutor
    3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 504
    Everett, WA 98201

    Phone: 425-388-3333
    Fax: 425-388-3572

    Thank you. United Poultry Concerns. March 4, 1999

    United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
    PO Box 150
    Machipongo, VA 23405-0150

(UPC Action Alert - Keith Amberson Starved 50,000 Hens to Death!)