UPC's letter to President Bush (3/11)) urging the
military to stop using chickens (and now pigeons) to detect deadly
chemicals in Iraq sparked media coverage around the world. The
Scripps Howard News Service, The Daily Telegraph in London,,
The Oklahoman, and the online news service Onet.pl in
Poland quoted UPC that the military's use of birds is "cruel,
unjust, and ludicrous. Transported to a desert changed into a
battlefield, many of them will die as a result of stress; the
rest will die from hunger, thirst, or lack of air." U.S.
soldiers say they don't know the cause of death in birds who have
already died or how to take care of them (St Louis Dispatch
3/2/03; Reuters, 3/14/03).