June 2, 2022
John R. MacArthur, President and Publisher
666 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Dear Mr. MacArthur:
I am a decades-long, devoted reader of
I am writing to you now about an advertisement that Harper’s
has been running for a year or more, for a product called Airbrush. This
product contains emu oil, which is obtained by raising and slaughtering
emus. I respectfully ask you please to stop running this ad promoting
slaughterhouse emu oil.
I understand that most people are not familiar with emus other than as a
demeaning cartoon character, which has nothing to do with actual emus, who,
with ostriches, belong to the oldest living family of birds on earth, the
ratites, or nomadic flightless fowl.
I do not wish to overwhelm you and Harper’s with material
about emus, although I am prepared to do so if the Airbrush ad continues to
appear in Harper’s Magazine. With this in mind, I’m
enclosing two copies of our brochures about ostriches and emus entitled Nowhere To Hide.
I also respectfully refer you to our webpage on ostriches and emus at
www.upc-online.org/ostriches. I urge you to read about these birds, their
natural dignity, their strong family life, their amazing fleetness, and the
horror of the slaughter to which they are subjected for their body parts.
The high standards of Harper’s Magazine are incompatible
with the brutality of the product, fittingly called “Airbrush,”
since anyone who does not understand the source and meaning of emu oil is
undergoing an airbrush.
I would appreciate receiving a response from you to my letter, and I hope
for good news.
That said, thank you very much for your attention. Please do not hesitate
to contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Davis, PhD, President United Poultry Concerns