United Poultry Concerns March 3, 2003
Letters Needed Immediately Regarding Two Cases of Cruelty to Birds

I. Egg Company Threw 30,000 Hens Into Wood Chipping Machines

San Diego County California is investigating the Ward Egg Ranch whose workers told the County Department of Animal Services that "their arms had gotten tired from breaking the chickens' necks, so they threw them into the machinery," as reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune 2/22. U.S. Department of Agriculture consultant Gregg Cutler told the ranch the wood chipper was "humane" and "painless." However, San Diego County Animal Services Lt. Mary Kay Gagliardo told the North County Times
(2/28) "It's clearly animal cruelty."

Urge the San Diego County District Attorney's office to prosecute Ward Egg Ranch for massive violations of California's animal cruelty law, which prohibits subjecting any animal to needless suffering or
unnecessary cruelty. (Neck wringing - cervical dislocation - while totally cruel is virtually impossible to prosecute because it is a "standard agricultural practice" approved as "humane" by the American
Veterinary Medical Association.) Letters and phone calls are urgently needed because the U.S. Department of Agriculture is whitewashing the wood chipper episode (North County Times 2/28).

Bonnie M. Dumanis
San Diego County District Attorney
330 West Broadway, Suite 1300
San Diego, CA 92101
Ph: 619-531-4040
Fax: 619-237-1351

II. Fraternity Men Charged with Felony Animal Cruelty for Beating Goose to Death

Seven members of the Kappa Sigma Chapter at Davidson College in North Carolina lured a white goose with bread crumbs then beat her to death with a golf club last month. Authorities charged John North Moore III. Graham Lambert Hunter, Oscar Hernandez, Thomas Carroll Jeter, George Stephen Tolson. Jacob Charlson, and Andrew Mincey with felony cruelty to animals and conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals. Witnesses say the men beat the goose to death, then threw her body into the trunk of a car
and drove away.

According to Davidson College President Robert F. Vagt, these students will face not only the penalties imposed by the criminal justice system, but also will be made to stand before the requirements of the Davidson College Code of Responsibility. However, letters need to be sent now to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity's Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, this is the third time in three years that PETA has been alerted to episodes of cruelty to animals by members of Kappa Sigma.

Please call or send a polite letter to Mitchell Wilson and urge him to take long-overdue measures to prevent future episodes of animal abuse by revoking the Davidson College chapter's charter and adding language requiring the humane treatment of animals to the fraternity's mission statement:

Mitchell B. Wilson, Executive Director
Kappa Sigma International Memorial Headquarters
2443 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-295-3193, ext. 111
Fax: 434-296-9557

Thank you for responding to these Action Alerts today. Your Voice is Needed!

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

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