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    United Poultry Concerns PO Box 150 Machipongo, VA 23405 Phone: 757-678-7875 Fax: 757-678-5070 www.upc-online.org August 31, 2004 Why UPC Supports SB 1520 and
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      United Poultry Concerns PO Box 150 Machipongo, VA 23405
      Phone: 757-678-7875 Fax: 757-678-5070 www.upc-online.org
      August 31, 2004

      Why UPC Supports SB 1520 and Urges Everyone Else to Support the Bill

      UPC has joined AVAR, VivaUSA, Farm Sanctuary, IDA, GourmetCruelty.com, the
      Animal Protection and Rescue League and other organizations that are
      promoting the passage of CA Assembly Bill 1520, the bill to ban the sale and
      production of foie gras in California. Here is why we support this bill and
      urge its passage into law:

      1) The bill if enacted will abolish a farmed animal abuse. The fact that
      there will be a phase-in period is not a reason to oppose this bill. We have
      applauded the banning of battery-hen cages in the European Union and in
      Austria, and the banning of sow gestation crates in Florida, but all of this
      important legislation for farmed animals includes phase-in periods. No one
      who supports farmed animal protective legislation wants to wait for the law
      to take effect, but that is now how the legislative process works. Yes, the
      foie gras industry is going to use the time to try to overturn the law and
      do other nefarious things, but this means that our public education work is
      cut out for us. Given the facts of foie gras production and the videotaping
      of the procedure that we have (Delicacy of Despair), it seems unlikely that
      the public is going to be persuaded to abandon the ducks and oppose a ban on
      foie gras production and sale in California.

      2) In all negotiations – legislative, union, etc. – in which there is a
      conflict of interest, you lay out the full store of what you want in the
      hope of retaining as much of that as possible in what you end up with. You
      hope to get at least half of what you originally wanted and plan ultimately
      to obtain. Even groups that seem to get all they want, like the NRA, do not.
      Even they end up with a compromise, that being the nature of the legislative
      process. But once you have the legislation on the books, you can amend it
      upward to bring it closer to what you set out to achieve, with the
      understanding that you were unlikely to get it all at once.

      3) Those groups who actively oppose SB 1520 could lobby at state and federal
      levels to try to enact legislation that would ban foie gras production/sale
      immediately, but they are not doing so. Instead, they are obstructing the
      passage of this bill while offering no real alternative, just bashing the
      bill and the groups that have worked so hard to get the bill introduced and
      to retain as much of the original intent of the bill as possible.

      United Poultry Concerns urges activists to support SB 1520 and to refuse to
      reject this opportunity in pursuit of a purist fantasy. The objections being
      raised against SB 1520 are unrealistic given the realities of the
      legislative process and the enormous obstacles that farmed animals have
      traditionally faced legislatively. Sabotaging this bill is going to hurt the
      ducks, not help them.

      Please support SB 1520. Urge Governor Schwarzenegger to sign it into law:
      The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
      State Capitol Building
      Sacramento CA 95814
      Phone: 916-445-2841
      Fax: 916-445-4633
      Email: http://www.govmail.ca.gov

      United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
      compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. www.upc-onnline.org
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