FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2000
|| Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875
NBC Channel 4 Should Not
Promote Emu Slaughter Products
An Open Letter to News Channel 4 in Washington DC
The emu "industry" is dead. So why are you promoting emu
slaughter products? The American public does not want to eat dead
emus in sandwiches or in stir fries. Still these loser-investors
keep pushing on, trying to find places to dump their poor
innocent birds. They want Americans to rub oil from slaughtered
emus all over their skins as a miracle cure. Instead of snake
oil, there's emu oil. But as the New York Times Magazine wrote
about emu oil three years ago, on March 16, 1997: There's no
convincing evidence that emu oil has medicinal value. "Imagine
saying to your wife, 'Here, stick this bird fat on your body,'"
says Jim Mjelde, a resource economist at Texas A&M University who
has studied the emu industry. "People in the United States just
don't do that. There's a cultural bias against putting animal fat
Emus and ostriches are the oldest living birds on earth. Why
can't we respect their antiquity and leave them alone? They
produce beautiful eggs, which the father bird incubates. They are
gentle birds with a surpassingly lovely balletic morning dance.
Their health-giving properties are in their lives, not in their
Leave emus alone, Channel 4. Emu investors have bludgeoned
and shot to death these friendly, peaceful birds with baseball
bats and bullets because the birds didn't make them millionaires.
Take a good look at the lot of them and ask yourself seriously
whether emu oil has made a single one a more appealing,
healthier, or younger-looking person. I doubt it. Please, Channel
4, stop promoting quackery and cruelty. The game is over. IF YOU
KNEW THE EMU YOU'D QUIT. PLEASE CANCEL THE PROMOTION SCHEDULED
FOR THIS EVENING. Thank you.
| || People should complain to:|
WRC TV, Channel 4
NW, Washington DC 20016.
Please contact NBC 4 DC today. Thank you!
United Poultry Concerns. February 3, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Action Alert - NBC4 Should Not Promote Emu Slaughter Products)