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
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
Please send your support by November 1, 1998, for a new |
position statement which opposes forced molting.
REQUEST TO THE AVMA REGARDING ITS POSITION STATEMENT
ON THE FORCED MOLTING OF 'LAYING' HENS
(Please print clearly)
"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.
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.