In the past week, the New York Daily News has posted 10 Letters of gratitude and appreciation for the powerful video news story “Chickens
Under the Bridge” by Pearl Gabel, about a homeless man who’s been rescuing and caring for chickens mutilated and abandoned by a Hindu sect in
NYC. Here are the published letters in VOICES OF THE PEOPLE:
August 29: Chickens, humans and gods
An exemplar of human kindness
Machipongo, Va.: I was deeply moved by Pearl Gabel’s telling of the story of a man, Mohammad Yaseen, who knows in his heart, and
shows in his life, that we save ourselves through kindness to our fellow creatures, rather than by sacrificing them to insatiable gods who demand
suffering, mutilation, and death (“The chickens under the bridge,” NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21)
Yaseen may be homeless, but if home is where the heart is, this gracious man has an estate worth more than all the gold, bloodshed and chants combined. His
sanctuary for chickens under the bridge is a point of light in a dark place, and I am grateful to have met him through Gabel’s luminously
—Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
Pointing the way to a better world
Brooklyn: Just imagine how wonderful the world would be if there were more people like Mohammad Yaseen.
August 27: Chicken coo
Chicago: “The Chickens Under the Bridge” (NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21) was a fascinating story. Thank you for publishing it!
—Robert Grillo, Executive Director, Free From Harm
Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Thank you very much for “The Chickens Under the Bridge,” A really fantastic, powerful story.
Gaithersburg, Md.: Thank you for running the story about Mohammad Yaseen and his rescued chickens. It was moving and touching. What a kind soul. I wish the
police would take him seriously.
August 26: Cluck of Approval
Cluck of approval
Edgewater, Md.: I am so very appreciative of “The Chickens under the bridge” (NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21). What a wonderful person Mohammad
Yaseen is! Chickens are intelligent, sentient beings that are treated by many as the lowest of the low. The chicken industry is bad enough, but there are
many other assaults on the chicken, as the Daily News has brought to light. To have taken the time to cover this story means so much!
Keep on pecking
Manhattan: Thank you for the excellent piece on the tortured chickens under the bridge in Queens. Please follow this story to find out if the NYPD animal
cruelty unit is dealing with this terrible problem.
Consider the chicken
Richmond, Va.: I am always so glad when I see a newspaper stand up for the chicken. People don’t realize the intelligence of this remarkable bird or
its courage in defending its family from predators, some of which are much larger than the chicken. I just can’t thank you enough. Please keep
publishing articles like this.
Poultry in motion
Mechanicsville, Va.: Not only the chickens thank you but all of us who respect this noble bird and the problems it has to face in its daily existence. The
plight of the chicken and all similar birds must be brought to the fore so the public can start appreciating this bird standing up against all the abuse it
endures just to survive.
—Richard W. Firth
August 25: A Beautiful Reminder
A beautiful reminder
Honolulu, HI.: I want to express my sincere appreciation for Pearl Gabel's article and video, “The chickens under the bridge” (NYDailyNews.com. August 21). What a beautiful reminder of the human capacity for kindness towards any and all beings even during a period of darkness. I hope to see more stories like this at the Daily News.
Mohamed Yaseen has saved dozens of chickens and minds his flock under a bridge on Cross Bay Blvd.