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7 November 2014
Casino Cruelty to Hens
20,000 Chickens Die in Pennsylvania Fire

Act Now! Two Petitions Need Your Signature & Support

1) Tropicana Casino Abuses Hens for Entertainment

“Dear UPC, A friend of mine was at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey recently. She encountered a casino game where live chickens are being used. She has created a petition.” Please sign & share:

Note : In 2001/2002, UPC campaigned against this cruel use of chickens. Click on our Entertainment Webpage http://upc-online.org/entertainment and scroll down to
Tropicana Casino Forcing Hens to Play Tic-Tac-Toe with Gamblers.”

"The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City should cancel the 'Chicken Challenge' and use a computerized opponent instead of a live bird. There was never an excuse for cruelty, but with the technology we now have, the infliction of suffering on a sentient creature for fun is even more atrocious." UPC President Karen Davis, Letter in The New York Times, September 10, 2001.

Stop using chickens in casino games!

2) No Fire Protection for Farmed Animals - Please Sign & Share This Petition

The petition:

Since posting this petition to the National Fire Protection Association in October, urging them to require U.S. agribusiness companies to install fire prevention systems in farmed animal confinement buildings, 20,000 chickens burned to death on November 4 trapped in a burning building in central Pennsylvania. 40,000 newborn chicks burned to death at the same farm 2 years ago yet “No fire hydrants are near the farm,” according to this news report:

The Blade, November 5, 2014

Harrisburg, Pa. – An intense fire destroyed a Pennsylvania poultry barn today, killing 20,000 young chickens less than two years after another barn blaze at the same farm incinerated 40,000 hatchlings.

More than 60 firefighters from 16 fire companies battled the flames for more than six hours at the farm in North Cornwall Township in central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, said Neversink Fire Company Chief Mike Nelson. “When these things go, the odds of stopping it are little to none,” Nelson said. No fire hydrants are near the farm, so 10 water tankers were called in for the fire, which broke out after midnight.

Because of its intensity, an exact cause will probably never be known, Nelson said. Damages were estimated to be about $500,000, which Nelson said was the estimate used when the other poultry barn on the same farm burned in March 2013.

The farm is owned by Carl and Beth Longenecker, who are divorced, Nelson said. Beth Longenecker, who lives on the property and was the operator of the poultry business, could not be reached for comment.

Bird trapped in a fire

Imagine being trapped in a fire.

Please sign this Care2 Petition targeting the NFPA and pass it on.

To learn more about UPC’s campaign, click on National Fire Protection Association.

Thank you for taking action.
– United Poultry Concerns

Act Now! Petition Update on Fire Protection for Farmed Animals Campaign 8 November 2014

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