Summer/Fall 1998 Poultry Press FORCED MOLTING AD
United Poultry Concerns and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights are pleased to announce that this full-page ad was accepted for publication in the September issue of DVM. This important veterinary journal has 47,000 small animal practitioner subscribers. The cost of the ad is $3,500.87. UPC wishes to thank those organizations (see below) who helped to fund this ad. We are pleased to acknowledge their support for our campaign to eliminate the endorsement and practice of forced molting. If you are a veterinarian, please fill out the coupon below and mail it to the AVMA. AVMA email address: 73711.555@compuserve.com. Thank you.

VETERINARIANS SHOULD

OPPOSE THE INTENTIONAL STARVATION OF ANIMALS FOR PROFIT

Please join us in urging the American Veterinary Medical Association to oppose the FORCED MOLTING of 'laying' hens.

FORCED MOLTING refers to the manipulation of hormones in hens to promote egg production. Each year the egg industry, with the support of the AVMA, intentionally deprives millions of hens of all food for an average of 1 - 2 weeks, until they lose 25 to 35 percent of their body weight. Forced molting is so stressful it increases bone breakage and impairs the hens' immune system, predisposing the birds and their eggs to Salmonella infection. USDA immunologist Peter Holt reports that while unmolted hens usually have to ingest 50,000 Salmonella cells to become infected, molted hens need fewer than 10. Once infected, these hens are more likely to lay contaminated eggs. "Molting, in combination with an SE [Salmonella enteritidis] infection, created an actual disease state in the alimentary tract of affected hens."

Each year, hundreds of thousands of hens die as a direct result of forced molting. The AVMA currently endorses forced molting. The veterinary community is thus endorsing a starvation practice it does not condone for dogs, cats, companion birds, or other animals.

Please send your support by November 1, 1998, for a new
AVMA position statement which opposes forced molting.

REQUEST TO THE AVMA REGARDING ITS POSITION STATEMENT ON THE FORCED MOLTING OF 'LAYING' HENS

Proposed revision:

"The AVMA opposes the practice of induced or forced molting of 'laying' hens through the use of intentional food deprivation, because depriving an animal of sustenance apart from medical reasons is inhumane."

I support this revision.

Name_________________________________________________________

(Please print clearly)

Signed:______________________________________________________

AVMA Membership Number (if known)_____________________________

Send to: AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Road, #100 Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360

Sponsored by: American Anti-Vivisection Society, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Place, Animal Protection Institute of America, Animal Rights International, Animal Welfare Institute, Ark Trust, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, Doris Day Animal League, Farm Animal Reform Movement, Farm Sanctuary, Fund for Animals, Humane Farming Association, Humane Society of the United States, In Defense of Animals, Last Chance for Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, United Poultry Concerns.

Summer/Fall 1998 Poultry Press FORCED MOLTING AD