United Poultry Concerns January 15, 2004

Please, Good People, Go Vegan!

UPC is pleased to send you our letter published in the January 14-20, 2004 edition of the Seattle Weekly: http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0402/040114_news_letters.php


“The word ‘humane’ is the cheapest, most prostituted term in our vocabulary. It should be retired from use.”

Samantha Storey says truly you can’t depend on labels to be sure the dead animals you buy were “humanely” raised and slaughtered (“Know Your Meat,” Jan. 7). Don’t trust a phone call, either. The word “humane” is the cheapest, most prostituted term in our vocabulary. It should be retired from use.

I’ve visited places in Pennsylvania where the “free-roaming” chickens were debeaked and virtually featherless. They weren’t in cages, merely wall-to-wall in stinking sheds with an occasional little opening onto a mud yard. My friends visited a “free-range” turkey farm in Maryland in November. The turkeys were housed in an open field in the freezing cold, with no shelter except a small wooden, tarp-covered structure only big enough for half the turkeys. The others were huddled together shivering in the weather, exposed to the elements. The farmer grabbed the turkeys roughly by their legs and held them upside down, while the birds flapped desperately to right themselves. One had a twisted foot and an enlarged joint. Under no production system do animals suffering from painful lameness get pain relief.

These are two examples of the grim reality behind the fantasy of “humane” treatment of living creatures brought into the world merely to be containers of eggs, bladders of milk, and dead flesh. As for the “humane” slaughter of these poor souls, that’s as real as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the tooth fairy. Please, good people, go vegan.

Karen Davis, President
United Poultry Concerns



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