United Poultry Concerns
Promoting the compassionate and respectful
treatment of domestic fowl

PO Box 150 • Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(757) 678-7875 • FAX (757) 678-5070

16 July 2003

Karen Davis 757-678-7875

United Poultry Concerns Will Join PETA Demonstrators Against the AVMA
Denver Convention Targeted By Activists & 7-Foot Tall Force-Molted Hen

Machipongo, Va – United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis will join activists at the convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to protest the AVMA’s refusal to adopt a policy opposing the cruel starvation of hens known as forced molting The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has adopted a policy opposing forced molting, and the McDonald’s Corp. prohibits suppliers from force-molting hens.

First protest: 7-8 AM Friday, July 18th
Adam’s Mark Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202 (303) 893-3333

Second protest: 4:30-5:30 PM, Saturday, July 19th
AVMA General Session
Colorado Convention Center Ballroom
700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 228-8000

Please click here to view UPC’s 2003 Report to the AVMA, “The Animal Welfare and Food Safety Issues Associated With the Forced Molting of Laying Birds”:

While the AVMA cannot regulate the poultry and egg industry, it can and should adopt a policy opposing forced molting, as it has done on cockfighting. A moral stand by the AVMA would have a huge impact. The industry could no longer hide behind the AVMA to justify its vicious practice of starving birds for profit. The public expects veterinarians to help animals, not profit from their misery.

On September 29, 1998, United Poultry Concerns and Illinois Animal Action held the first picket against the AVMA’s forced-molting policy at AVMA’s headquarters in Schaumberg, Illinois. Our banner announced THE AVMA SUPPORTS STARVING HENS. At Friday’s protest, a 7-foot tall force-molted chicken will greet AVMA delegates whose votes can change the AVMA policy.

For more information contact: Bob Chorush 206-856-4894, bobc@peta.org

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org


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