United Poultry Concerns
||January 10, 2001
UPC Letter to Tyson, Foster Farms |
Re: Chickens Victimized by Winter Storms
See HSUS Action alert - http://www.hsus.org/whatnew/arkchickens010301.html
January 10, 2001
Media and Community Relations
Tyson Foods, Inc.
PO Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765
Dear Mr. Nicholson:
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, a national nonprofit
organization, I am writing to you concerning the thousands of Tyson
chickens reportedly victimized by recent winter storms. It seems that
Tyson does not have a disaster program in place for removing,
feeding, watering, or euthanizing birds in need of help. We are
requesting that Tyson develop and implement a humane program for
dealing with the collapsed sheds, power outages, extreme weather
conditions, and other emergency conditions to which intensively
raised birds are particularly susceptible.
We request that Tyson create an emergency program with specific
procedures, in coordination with appropriate state agencies. The
program should include rapid removal of birds in a disaster situation
to a safe location stocked with emergency food and water supplies.
Suffering birds should be immediately euthanized.
We request that Tyson reduce the number of chickens in the sheds,
thereby reducing the number of potential disaster victims while
making it easier to evacuate birds in case of an emergency. We
request that Tyson build smaller houses that, properly designed, will
be less liable to structural failure and to temperature and
We request that Tyson create and implement a program that enables its
contract growers to take immediate and effective action to assist
birds in their care when disasters, such as the current one, strike,
instead of forcing growers to remain idle while birds they could help
die miserably of cold, hunger, thirst, terror, and suffocation.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I would appreciate a
response from you.
Karen Davis, PhD
Cc: Arkansas Poultry Federation, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association,
Honorable Tim Hutchinson, Honorable Blanche Lincoln.
United Poultry Concerns. January 10, 2001
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Letter to Tyson, Foster Farms Re: Chickens Victimized by Winter Storms )