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21474The Local Grocer Issues Restraining Order Against Animal Advocate

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    Jun 23, 2014
      United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/
      23 June 2014

      The Local Grocer Issues Restraining Order Against Animal Advocate

      Yoga Studio Joins With Market for Chicken Slaughter Class

      North Conway, NH - June 23, 2014 - Defying the well-established value of himsa
      (non-harming) that has been a central teaching for yoga practitioners for
      millennia, Be Well Studios, a Yoga and healing center is joining with The Local
      Grocer to sponsor a Permaculture class on how to "process" or slaughter
      chickens, scheduled for June 28th at Mountain Flower Farm in North Conway, NH.
      Laura Slitt, a The Local Grocer shopper and animal advocate, sent a respectful
      email to the owners asking that they cancel the needless killing of the birds
      pointing out that it is not "peaceful, natural or holistic." Slitt contacted
      United Poultry Concerns and Free From Harm, national animal advocacy
      organizations, to assist her when she did not receive a response from the
      owners. Instead, Slitt was issued a restraining order signed by Heather Chase, a
      co-owner of the farm, yoga studio and grocery store.

      "As a polite and loyal customer, I sent a thoughtful email to the owners and
      asked them to reconsider the slaughter of these young birds," Slitt said. "I was
      shocked when a policeman showed up with a restraining order."

      United Poultry Concerns Founder and President Karen Davis, PhD said,
      "Distressingly, we are seeing do-it-yourself slaughtering classes more
      frequently, but when they are connected to a spiritual center of the community,
      it is particularly disturbing." Davis said that for Be Well Studios to condone
      the killing of these chickens would be himsa (causing harm) and contrary to the
      very nature of Yogic tradition. "Those chickens don't want to die, and it is not
      necessary to kill them," she added.

      Throat cutting, the most common method used by backyard, do-it-yourself
      slaughter hobbyists, is not a quick or painless death. The neck is full of pain
      receptors and other nerve endings, and it can take many minutes of intense
      suffering for the birds to bleed out while in a frightened state of agony and

      A change.org petition with over 3,000 signatures was launched by United Poultry
      Concerns and Free from Harm (http://freefromharm.org). The groups are asking the
      owners of Be Well Studios and The Local Grocer to cancel the chicken killing
      class and spare the birds on their farm. They are also asking their supporters
      and the large yoga community to contact the owners and speak up on behalf of the
      Change.org petition:

      For more information or to make a donation, please visit:
      United Poultry Concerns web site:

      United Poultry Concerns Facebook page:

      Here is the contact info where you can call/write to ask for the class to be
      canceled. Owners of The Local Grocer, Be Well Studios and Mountain Flower Farm
      (where the killing will take place).

      Heather Chase:
      Co-owner of The Local Grocer, Be Well Studios and Mountain Flower Farm

      Russell Van Deursen:
      Co-owner of The Local Grocer, Be Well Studios and Mountain Flower Farm

      The Local Grocer:
      Tel. 603-356-6068

      Be Well Studios:

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