22 July 2023

UPC Letter in NYT:
“Missing element in the article”

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Disease Outbreaks in Animal Industries,” a letter by Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, was published July 20 online and in the Friday print edition of The New York Times.

To the Editor:

Re “Risk Seen in U.S. Animal Industries” (Science Times, July 11), about the risk of infectious disease outbreaks:

This article is illuminating, but one element of the crisis is missing: the degree to which animals suffer in these appalling situations.

Consider the complete lack of hygiene to which animals confined in farming operations and live animal markets are subjected without relief until they die, either at the hands of slaughterers or from chronic stress and disease.

I doubt that much will be done to control the animal industries identified in the article until more people speak out against what these animals are forced to endure.

The cruelty and contamination are linked. We might stretch our imaginations to make this connection and act on it.

Karen Davis
Machipongo, Va.
The writer is the president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit that promotes the respectful treatment of domesticated birds.

I thank DawnWatch for bringing this article to my attention.

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