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25 January 2013
UPC Correspondence with the
National Fire Protection Association

January 14, 2013

Linda J. Fuller
Recording Secretary, Standards Council
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471

Dear Ms. Fuller:

Thank you for your letter of November 12, 2012 regarding my August 7, 2012 application for United Poultry Concerns membership on the Technical Committee on Animal Housing Facilities.

As you state in your letter, the Standards Council must weigh many factors to achieve an appropriate balance of interests on the committee. United Poultry Concerns represents the interests of millions of farmed animals in the United States who burn to death each year in facilities from which they cannot escape and which lack basic fire protection systems.

Farmed animals represent the largest number of sentient individuals who burn and suffocate to death agonizingly in preventable fires each year. These animals are helplessly confined in buildings that have no sprinklers or smoke control systems. United Poultry Concerns seeks to represent the interests of farmed animals on the NFPA’s Animal Housing Facilities Committee to work to rectify this situation.

Since August 2012, fire-related deaths of thousands of farmed animals have been reported. On December 20, 2012, 25,000 turkeys burned to death in a building in Timberville, Virginia. Many cows and calves have burned to death and suffered untreated smoke inhalation injuries in New York and Wisconsin, including 120 cattle on January 4, 2013 in Wisconsin.

I respectfully await notification of the status of my application on behalf of United Poultry Concerns to serve on the NFPA’s Animal Housing Facilities Committee upon completion of your review. As a member of the committee, I will be ready to attend and contribute to committee meetings as an advocate for NFPA-recommended fire protection systems in Animal Housing Facilities in the United States.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.


Karen Davis PhD, President

C: Bradford T. Cronin, Cahir, ASF-AAA
Tracy L. Vecchiarelli, Staff Liaison

Enclosed copies of some recent farmed animal fire reports.


January 17, 2013

Ms. Davis,

Thank you for your letter to NFPA regarding your potential membership on
the NFPA Committee on Animal Housing Facilities. The NFPA Standards
Council will review all the applications for membership on this Committee
at their March Standards Council Meeting.

Thank you for your interest in serving on an NFPA Committee.

Linda Fuller

Manager, Codes & Standards Administration
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471
617.984.7248 phone
617.770.3500 fax

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