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4446Tell AARP to Stop Advertising Cruel, Demeaning Ostrich Races

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  • AnimalAdvocacy@yahoogroups.com
    Feb 28, 2005
      Tell AARP to Stop Advertising Cruel, Demeaning Ostrich Races

      Source: http://www.upc-online.org

      Please Write a Letter to the Editor of AARP Re: Ostrich Race Ad
      Ask AARP to Stop Advertising Cruel, Demeaning Ostrich Races
      (See below for talking points)

      For more information about ostriches and emus, including the live
      feather-pulling and factory-farming they're subjected to, visit
      www.upc-online.org/ostriches
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      From the March/April 2005 AARP Magazine (Navigator-Events section)

      "Big Bird Bash. What do you do with a 10-foot, 400-pound bird that
      doesn't fly? You ride it – at 40mph – in a one-eighth-mile race at
      the Annual Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona. And what bird-
      watching weekend is complete without hors d'oeuvres like ostrich
      jerky? March 11-13; 480-963-4571; www.ostrichfestival.com

      Send your letter to:

      The Mail
      AARP The Magazine
      601 E Street NW
      Washington, DC 20049
      Email: aarpmagazine@... (aarp.org)

      Include your name, address, and phone number.

      Talking Points to include in your comments:

      -- Ostrich races are based on forcing large, wild birds with their
      long, fragile necks and easily broken legs to run hooked to loaded
      chariots or to run with men on their backs. Often the birds trip and
      fall from sheer terror and exhaustion. Ostriches can be injured and
      killed as a result of being forced to pull a chariot or be ridden at
      high speed in a cramped area. The miles-wide vision of ostriches is
      totally unsuited to this abnormal situation.

      -- Ostriches (and emus) belong to the oldest living family of birds
      on earth, the flightless fowl. They are desert-dwelling nomads
      designed by 90 million years of evolution to roam over vast tracts of
      land. If they appear awkward in captivity, it's because these birds
      are meant for wide open spaces.

      -- Ostriches grow to be 7 to 9 feet tall, and live for 40 to 70
      years, roaming the grasslands and deserts of their native Africa in
      small, scattered herds. Ostriches are herbivorous birds: They live on
      grass, berries, succulents, seeds and leaves. Their upper eyelids are
      fringed with tiny feathers that look like long eyelashes to protect
      their eyes from the fierce desert sun.

      -- Ostriches form close family bonds. The male ostrich performs a
      beautiful courtship dance for the female with outstretched, swaying
      wings. While as many as 6 ostrich hens may lay up to 40 eggs in a
      shared nest, the hens can tell their eggs from the other eggs in the
      nest. Both parents help their chicks to hatch by pecking at the shell
      after 6 weeks of incubation. The family stays together for 10 months
      or more as the young birds learn to fend for themselves. The normally
      peaceful ostriches will kick with their legs and bite with their
      beaks to protect their eggs and young from enemies. Subjecting
      ostriches with their long thin necks and legs and their large fragile
      eyes to dangerous and demeaning rituals is cruel.

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      For more information about ostriches and emus, including the live
      feather-pulling and factory-farming they're subjected to, see:
      www.upc-online.org/ostriches

      For our brochure, "Nowhere to Hide," send a self-addressed, stamped
      envelope to:

      United Poultry Concerns
      PO Box 150
      Machipongo, VA 23405 USA
      Phone: 757-678-7875
      Fax: 757-678-5070

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