SAN FRANCISCO: ARA's SUCCESSFULLY END LIVE BIRD SALES!
- United Poultry Concerns
2 May 2011
Activists End Live Bird Sales at San Francisco's Farmers' Market!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Andrew Zollman, Founder & Organizer, LGBT Compassion
Andrew@..., (415) 297-0207
Alex Felsinger, Volunteer Organizer, LGBT Compassion Live Markets Campaign
AFelsinger@..., (831) 601-9062
San Francisco activists end live bird sales at Heart of the City Farmers'
Activists' Efforts Result in Victory for Animals and Public Health
For over two years, local animal advocates Andrew Zollman and Alex Felsinger
have led investigations and protests of live poultry sales at San Francisco's
Heart of the City Farmers' Market—but starting next month, the sales will be
Today the Heart of the City Farmers' Market announced on its website
(http://hocfarmersmarket.org/News%20&%20Events.html) that live bird sales
will no longer be allowed effective May 27, 2011. Both Raymond Young Poultry
and Bullfeathers Quail will no longer be welcomed at the market, which is held
Wednesdays and Sundays in San Francisco's UN Plaza.
The activists, organized under the name LGBT Compassion, congratulate the
market for finally deciding to make animal welfare and public health a priority
after nearly two decades of allowing the cruel practice. The activists had
urged market management and many government officials to stop the blatant
animal cruelty and public health risks, along with many other violations of
local, state and federal laws.
The market's manager has said that Raymond Young Poultry used to sell over
1,000 factory-farmed birds twice weekly, and LGBT Compassion estimates that
Bullfeathers Quail bred and sold at least 350 birds each week at the market.
The change in policy will prevent the sale of over 100,000 live animals for
food every year.
The January lawsuit filed with the California Superior Court-San Francisco by
Felsinger and Zollman against both the Heart of the City Farmers' Market and
Raymond Young Poultry is still in progress. The lawsuit addresses repeated
violent attacks and civil rights violations suffered by Zollman and Felsinger
at the hands of market and vendor personnel.
The activists have had success protesting live animal sales at other farmers'
markets in the Bay Area. In September 2009, Zollman and other activists
successfully shut down New Long's Live Poultry, which had operated in a parking
lot near the Alemany Blvd. Farmers' Market.
More recently, live bird sales at the Old Oakland Farmers' Market were banned
as a result of the activists' discussions with management.
The activists' efforts to stop similar violations at the Richmond, CA
farmers' market will now increase, as it is the last known Bay Area farmers'
market to continue to allow live bird sales. The market is currently under
investigation by Contra Costa Animal Services for animal cruelty. The Richmond
City Manager's office has so far refused to enforce laws and the market's land
use agreement, relying instead on other government agencies for enforcement.
Investigations of the cruelty, health, and environmental problems surround the
sale of live animals for food at other stores and markets will also be
LGBT Compassion was founded by Andrew Zollman and Warren Jones, who have long
suffered oppression and threats of violence because of their minority status,
and continue to fight for their own rights. Zollman and Jones work to inform
the community of the parallels between oppression and abuse of animals and
certain groups of humans, as well as promote the animal welfare, health and
environmental benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
LGBT Compassion extends its deepest gratitude to nonprofit organizations United
Poultry Concerns, In Defense of Animals, Bay Area Vegetarians, Farm Sanctuary,
and other organizations and activists who provided important support to the
campaign. It also wishes to thank Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, San Francisco
Animal Care and Control, MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue and Palo Alto Animal
Services for re-homing birds rescued from these and other live animal markets.
Recent media coverage:
SF Bay Guardian, February 15, 2011:
SF Chronicle, front page, January 7, 2011:
SF Examiner, front page, January 7, 2011:
NBC Bay Area January 10, 2011:
KRON 4 TV: People Behaving Badly: Service Animals
Bay Area Reporter: Poultry market worker accused of anti-gay slur
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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