Killing them Softly Action Alert
United Poultry Concerns List (To be removed, visit www.UPC-online.org/email) April 30, 2003 Letters for Chickens are Needed "Killing Them Softly," The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Column One, Stephanie Simon, April 29, 2003 "Killing Them Softly" is a powerful article about factory farmed animals and the increasing attention these animals are finally starting to receive on various fronts (please see the article below). One of the most momentous quotes is by former Tyson chicken slaughterhouse employee Virgil Butler, who worked the nightshift at the Grannis, Arkansas plant for five years. Concerning chickens paralyzed by the electrified water trough through which their faces are dragged just before having their necks cut, he says: "I've stood there on the kill floor and seen how they look at you. They try everything in their power to get away. They may not be able to read and write, but they know what's going on." What Can I Do? 1. The Los Angeles Times takes letters at: Letters@... Link: mailto:letters@... Always include your full name, address and telephone number when emailing a letter to the editor. 2. The Polk County, Arkansas Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney's Office are investigating cruelty charges based on Virgil Butler's affidavit (1/30/03) in which he describes Tyson slaughterhouse workers in Grannis, AR tearing chickens' bodies apart, running over chickens with forklifts, and blowing chickens apart with dry ice bombs for fun, and much more horrific cruelty to these birds on a nightly basis. (To read Virgil Butler's affidavit, go to http://upc-online.org/spring03/tysons.htm.) Please urge the sheriff and the prosecuting attorney to file cruelty-to-animals charges against all those responsible, as described in Mr. Butler's affidavit: The Honorable Tim Williamson Prosecuting Attorney Polk County Prosecutor's Office PO Box 109 600 Port Arthur Street Mena, AR 71953 Ph: 479-394-6114 Fax: 479-394-6173 Sheriff Michael Oglesby Polk County Sheriff's Office 507 Church Street Mena, AR 71953 Ph: 479-394-8163 Fax: 479-394-1975 Please write now. According to Mr. Butler, "I have talked with some of my former co-workers who say that conditions have not gotten better since the investigation started. It is a nightmare down there." United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.UPC-online.org
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