United Poultry Concerns August,7 2004

Urge Prosecutor to Charge Pilgrim’s Pride Co. and Workers with Animal Cruelty. Urge Pilgrim’s Pride to Implement Changes

The following Action Alert was issued by PETA on August 4. Please read it carefully and write the letters requested on behalf of the chickens who were viciously tortured by workers at the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken slaughter plant in Moorefield, West Virginia. Prosecutor Lucas See has been quoted in the press that he’s not sure if what the PETA tape shows is torture (“From where I stand, I don’t think its torture at this time,” See told the Associated Press.) Letters are urgent. Thank you for writing without delay. United Poultry Concerns

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your continued support and efforts in behalf of animals. You
may have already seen the shocking media reports about PETA's investigation
into a KFC-supplying Pilgrim's Pride slaughterhouse in Moorefield, W.Va. In
case you haven't, on July 20, PETA released the results of this undercover
investigation, in which workers were caught on video stomping on chickens,
kicking them, and violently slamming them against floors and walls-leaving
countless birds to suffer agonizing deaths. Workers also ripped the animals'
beaks off, twisted their heads off, spat tobacco into their eyes and mouths,
spray painted their faces, and squeezed their bodies so hard that the birds
expelled feces-all while the chickens were still alive. You can learn more
about the investigation, including links to the video and all the case
materials, at the following Web site: PETA.org/feat/moorefield/
<http://cl.extm.us/?fe871c757c64077473-fe2a1774766c0478771177> . You can
also view some of the media coverage the case received at
PETA.org/feat/moorefield/media.html
<http://cl.extm.us/?fe861c757c64077472-fe2a1774766c0478771177> .

What You Can Do

* PETA has submitted a formal complaint to the local prosecuting attorney,
Mr. Lucas See, asking for swift and strong punishment for these atrocities.
Please write a polite letter to Mr. See and ask that felony
cruelty-to-animals charges be filed against all those responsible, including
the company itself, which is ultimately responsible for condoning such
behavior:

The Honorable Lucas See, Esq.
Hardy County Prosecuting Attorney
204 Washington St.
Moorefield, WV 26836

* PETA has also asked Pilgrim's Pride and KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands,
to implement changes that would help stop these abuses from continuing.
Please write to both companies and ask that they install surveillance
cameras and implement controlled-atmosphere killing
<http://cl.extm.us/?fe851c757c6407747d-fe2a1774766c0478771177> -a method
that painlessly kills birds before they reach the portion of the plant where
these cruelties took place-in all their slaughterhouses:

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, Chair
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
110 S. Texas St.
Pittsburg, TX 75686
903-855-1000
1-800-824-1159 (toll-free)
903-856-7505 (fax) info@pilgrimspride.com

David Novak, CEO
Yum! Brands
1441 Gardiner Ln.
Louisville, KY 40213
1-800-CALL-KFC (toll-free)
502-874-8291 (fax)

* Since poultry are inexplicably exempt from the Humane Methods of Slaughter
Act, these gentle animals receive absolutely no federal protection from
inhumane slaughter. Please write a polite letter to your members of Congress
and ask that they introduce humane-slaughter legislation for poultry. If you
don't know who your members of Congress are, please visit the following Web
site and enter your address: www.Congress.org
<http://cl.extm.us/?fe841c757c6407747c-fe2a1774766c0478771177>

* Please also contact us at Info@peta.org if you happen to own any stock in
Pilgrim's Pride or Tyson Foods to find out how else you can help.

Please forward this to as many sympathetic people as you can. Chickens need
all the calls, letters, and faxes that we can muster. Should you have any
questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at
Info@peta.org. Thanks again for everything that you do for animals.

Kind regards,

Cem Akin, Research Associate
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


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