This is going to affect anybody who wants to get poultry through the mail, whether it be little Susies 4-H project or a school incubating eggs. Its every feed store in the country that depends on their birds to come in through the mail. Complaint of Murray McMurray Hatchery to The Des Moines Register, Aug. 4
As of August 15, 2001, Northwest Airlines announced it will stop carrying newborn chicks, ducklings, goslings, and other animals for the U.S. Postal Service, thereby joining the majority of carriers, including Federal Express and United Parcel Service, who refuse to transport live animals for the Postal Service. Worried about the effect of Northwests decision on its business, Murray McMurray, which is located outside Minneapolis-St Paul where Northwest Airlines is based, told The Des Moines Register (Aug. 4) it cant see why carriers would choose to take a perfumed letter rather than a chicken.
On its web site at www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/takeaction.asp, Murray McMurray Hatchery is urging its customers and fellow businesses to lobby Congress to force the U.S. Postal Service to require airlines to ship live birds by mail. (Some airlines will ship live birds as cargo, but as mail; cargo is more expensive.)