United Poultry Concerns will protest at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market Street, on Friday July 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Volunteers are needed to hand out literature and hold our banner THE AVMA SUPPORTS STARVING HENS!
Our protest targets the AVMA's refusal to adopt a policy opposing the cruel starvation of chickens known as forced molting, and the AVMA's retention of Gregg Cutler on its Animal Welfare Committee despite Cutler's advice to a California egg company to throw thousands of unwanted live hens into wood chipping machinery.
For the 6 th year the AVMA will consider a resolution to oppose force molting hens by depriving them of food for 2 to 3 weeks, yet the AVMA's House Advisory Committee and Board have already recommended rejection of the resolution. On June 21, a full-page ad in The New York Times headlined: "Has anyone betrayed more animals than the American Veterinary Medical Association?" The ad, sponsored by Animal Rights International, the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and United Poultry Concerns, states: "The AVMA veterinarian's oath promises to 'protect animal health and relieve animal suffering.' Yet, astonishingly, the AVMA endorses practices that intentionally make animals sick while supporting some of the cruelest conditions for raising farm animals anywhere in the world."
Please contact UPC if you can join us outside the Philadelphia Marriott on Friday July 23rd. Even an hour of your time will be great! The hens desperately need our help. Animal abusing industries cite the AVMA's endorsement of animal cruelty to justify their inhumane practices. We must work to change the AVMA's betrayal of the animals veterinarians have sworn to defend.