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United Poultry Concerns April 12, 2002
Cypress Hens Action Alert from United Poultry Concerns
Please Write a Letter for the Hens Now!


Edited from "Cypress Egg Farm Cruelty," HUMANElines 11 April 2002

The recent, massive cruelty at Cypress Foods' hen facilities in Florida and Georgia underscores the abuse inherent in modern factory farms. After Cypress Foods declared bankruptcy in January, more than one million hens were left to starve to death, trapped in row upon row of tiny cages within giant warehouses. While a handful of hens were rescued by UPC and others, the vast majority of the hens were killed by being gassed or crushed to death, and more than 30,000 hens starved to death.

To date, investigators are dragging their feet in bring cruelty charges, despite the fact that Florida law explicitly requires that an animal's "owner" (which can include a corporation) must provide food and water for the animals. Says the Tampa Tribune of the Cypress hens tragedy, "Florida has strict laws against inflicting cruelty on animals, either purposely or through neglect. It does not matter whether animals are pets or used to produce food. Under the law, all must be protected from such cruel treatment. Clearly, this is a case of miserable failure and neglect that requires the prosecution of those deemed responsible."

What Can I Do?

Please write to Sheriff Bob White and urge that cruelty charges be filed against Cypress Foods. Remind him that both Florida law and common decency demand that this cruelty be addressed. Contact:

Sheriff Bob White
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
8700 Citizen Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Fax: 727-844-7742

United Poultry Concerns. April 12, 2002

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

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