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"Wood-Chipped Chickens Fuel Outrage"
Los Angeles Times Covers Wood-Chipper Cruelty Investigation


Photo By: San Diego County Department of Animal Services

Based on records obtained under the California Public Records Act, UPC has asked the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to remove Dr. Gregg Cutler from its animal welfare committee for telling the Ward Poultry Farm in San Diego County to throw thousands of live hens into wood-chipping machines in February 2003. The AVMA, which does not support wood-chippers as a form of euthanasia, told UPC on Nov. 6 that procedures for handling our complaint were being initiated.

On Nov. 22, LA Times reporter Jia-Rui Chong ran a story on the case. Pointing out that "United Poultry Concerns has been circulating the San Diego County documents and vowed that animal groups would continue to nettle the American Veterinary Medical Assn. until it removed Gregg Cutler from its animal welfare committee," the article also cites the complaint filed by the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services against veterinarians Gregg Cutler and Doug Kuney, who authorized and supervised the use of the wood chippers, to the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Veterinary Medical Board requesting an investigation.

If the Board believes that an ethical or professional breach of conduct has occurred, the case will be sent to the state attorney general's office which may present it to an administrative law judge, who can put a veterinarian on probation or suspend or revoke his/her license. UPC is joining the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services in urging the Veterinary Medical Board to investigate this case to determine if punishment is warranted.

  • Urge the AVMA to remove Gregg Cutler from
    its animal welfare committee. Cutler autho-
    rized the use of woodchippers, lied to the
    AVMA that he did not, then admitted that he
    did, and is now accusing county humane offi-
    cers of misrepresenting him.
  • Contact:
    Bruce Little, DVM, Executive Vice President
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    1931 North Meacham road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
    Ph: 847-925-8070. Fax: 847-925-1329
  • Urge the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs
    Veterinary Medical Board to investigate the
    case against Gregg Cutler and Doug Kuney
    with a view to revoking their licenses to practice
    veterinary medicine in California.
  • Contact:
    Administrator
    Veterinary Medical Board
    1420 Howe Avenue, Suite 6
    Sacramento, CA 95825-3228
    Ph: 916-263-2610. Fax: 916-263-2621
    Email: vmb@dca.ca.gov
 
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