United Poultry Concerns July 10, 2003

UPC's Response to the Wall Street Journal's Chicken Catching Machine Article

On June 4, 2003, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about the use of machines to catch chickens instead of hand-catching crews. “New chicken catcher ruffles fewer feathers” by Scott Kilman included this statement from UPC: “‘We support using machines that reduce the panic, fear and horror of chickens,’ says Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, a Machipongo, Va. group that opposes eating chickens and also runs a sanctuary for a few lucky birds that manage to escape the farms (usually by falling off a truck).”

On July 2, 2003, The Wall Street Journal printed our response:

“Totally Miserable Lives

“Chicken catching, whether by hand or by machine, is completely violent. And bruised and wounded birds do not always go conveniently out of sight into livestock feed. They are processed into nuggets and other unwholesome products like sausages and patties.

“For the chickens, hand catching versus machine catching is terrorism either way, just one more part of their totally miserable lives.

Karen Davis, Ph.D.
United Poultry Concerns
Machipongo, Va.”

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org

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

(The Plight of Birds in the Poultry and Egg Industry)

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