"No One Knows How Many . . . The Use of Birds in Agricultural and Biomedical
Research" is a powerful new brochure produced through the collaborative efforts of the
New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and United Poultry Concerns. The
brochure, which is based on a White Paper supported by NEAVS and written by Karen
Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns, is a revelation of horror.
"Millions of birds are used in grotesque experiments and suffer and die horribly at
the hands of vivisectors," says NEAVS President Dr. Theodora Capaldo. "NEAVS is
deeply concerned that while birds are extensively experimented on, few people know the
suffering and torment they endure in laboratories in the United States and around the
Protected By Neither Conscience Nor Law
One reason that countless birds are exposed to callous, cruel, and wasteful
research in the United States is that birds and farmed animals have been arbitrarily
excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, even though the Act was designed to cover all
warm-blooded sentient animals. Thus unprotected, birds are subjected to food
deprivation, artificially induced diseases, heat stress, debeaking, slaughter experiments,
and much more, through funding provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal agencies funded by U.S.
taxpayers. UPC and NEAVS are asking people to urge the USDA's Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to include birds in the Animal Welfare Act in
fulfillment of the Act's original intention. Please see below on whom to contact.
Chickens and other domestic fowl are especially vulnerable to vivisection
because, at the very time society has begun to demand less cruel treatment of birds and
other animals raised for food, genetic engineers are pushing the technologies of farmed
animal abuse in whole new directions. "These birds have not only the tragedy of being
considered food," says UPC President Dr. Karen Davis, "They are fair game for all sorts
of hideous research - everything from being forced to 'model' the effects of cigarette
smoke inhalation and high-cholesterol diets to having their faces disfigured in
experiments designed to make them grow teeth or sprout extra beaks. Thus far neither
conscience nor law has protected them. This has to be changed."
"What caused you to become skeptical of your work?"
"A moral twinge."
Somehow it didn't feel right to be cutting off the wings of newly-hatched birds [to save
feed costs]. Later some of them couldn't get up onto their feet. It wasn't pleasant seeing
them roll around on their side trying to get onto their feet without their wings."
Dr. Eldon Kienholz (1928-1993). Professor of Poultry
Nutrition at Colorado State University's
Department of Animal Science. Interview with Dr.
For a complete copy of Dr. Davis' White Paper, "The Experimental Use of Chickens
and Other Birds in Biomedical and Agricultural Research," please visit United
Poultry Concerns' website at www.UPC-online.org and click on I Need Information. Or
visit NEAVS' website at www.neavs.org. For copies of the brochure, "No One Knows
How Many . . . The Use of Birds in Agricultural and Biomedical Research," please send a
SASE to NEAVS or to UPC, ATTN: Bird Brochure.
Write to the USDA and urge that birds be included in the Animal Welfare Act.
Bobby Acord, Deputy Administrator of APHIS|
1400 Independence Ave SW
Jamie Whitten Bldg. Room 312 E
Washington, DC 20250
Tel: (202) 720-3861
Fax: (202) 720-3054