United Poultry Concerns
21 April 2011
Join FAUN's Pre-Easter "Abolish Live Markets" demo @ Marzigliano's Live Animal Market in West New York, NJ on Saturday, April 23rd, 3-7pm!
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Disgusting and Horrifying? We agree.

**ATTENTION** NY/NJ animal activist,

Jump in with FAUN as, once again, right before the "holy" day celebrated as Easter in the West, we use our energies/resources to elevate public consciousness about our animal friends, demonstrating compassion and empathy for the billions of sentient animals (mostly chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigeons, turkeys, pigs, even sheep and goats) who are so cruelly confined, tortured and horrifically killed in the "live markets" which are so pervasive in the urban centers of northern New Jersey and across the United States. The slaughter tends to be even more heinous around "holy days" as was affirmed for us last Christmas when we witnessed the slaughter of not only chickens, geese, turkeys and rabbits, but also the "holy days only" sheep, goats and pigs. Ironically contrasted with the traditional message of "Peace On Earth" was a slaughter the scale, sickness and variety of which would be impossible to witness any ordinary time of year. It's truly horrific, and we need to be in front of Marzigliano's as another "holy day" bloodbath creeps up on us. These animals need a voice, and that voice is us. Please join us on Saturday, April 23rd from 3 to 7pm.

Among all the animal species that humans exploit and kill for profit and for the satisfaction of gustatory preferences, it is common knowledge that chickens are the most widely and systematically confined, tortured and killed. Though it's hard to conceptualize in the modern, mass-production scheme of the industrialized world, chickens were once wild, arboreal birds whose natural habitat was limited to the tropical jungles of southeast Asia.

Image courtesy of United Poultry Concerns

Sadly, for nothing more than the widely-savored taste of chickens' flesh and eggs, the "poultry" and egg industries have exploded exponentially worldwide, and hideously transformed these gentle, beautiful birds into a big agribusiness enterprise, wherein they are reduced to nothing more than "meat machines" and "egg factories" who live and die exclusively for human convenience and pleasure. Each year in this country, the more than 9 billion chickens grown (not raised) for meat, a.k.a. "broilers," endure the most horribly unnatural conditions one could imagine in filthy, overcrowded confinement sheds, where they are denied all natural light and every other element essential to their fundamental health and well-being. These creatures are genetically manipulated to maximize muscle-tissue (meat) growth, so that their legs are often incapable of supporting their unnaturally increasing bodyweight, resulting in lameness, arthritis and other diseases.

"Broiler" chickens are subjected to an additional array of unthinkable horrors before, a mere 45 days after birth, they are brutally killed and cut to pieces for cold hard profit, and to satisfy the voracious appetites of our species, though an infinite number of healthier, more economical and more ethical alternatives to animal proteins are accessible to all of us in the United States today.

Egg laying hens, a.k.a "layers," have their beaks violently removed by a hot blade with no anesthesia so they don't peck each other to death from the maddening, hellish, filthy, unnatural, obscenely crowded and disease-ridden wire cages they are forced to endure as they produce eggs until they are literally spent from exhaustion, calcium depletion, osteoporosis & other diseases. After one or two years of being continuously exploited as nothing more than "egg factories," "spent" hens are simply destroyed, or sold to be subjected to further abuses and eventually slaughtered.

For more information on the commercial poultry and egg industries' treatment of both "broiler" and "layer" chickens, please check out this most solid treatment of the topic written by Karen Davis, PhD, of United Poultry Concerns:

What goes in inside "live animal" markets is equally absurd and abominable:

Please join up with FAUN as, on World Farm Animals' Day, we again turn our attention to the plight of helpless chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigeons, turkeys, sheep and goats, who are cruelly and systematically confined, tortured, killed and sold at "live meat/poultry" markets so pervasive in the northern part of New Jersey and New York City. In these hellish places, where the odors of death, fear and intense confinement are perpetually acrid and inescapable, live birds are stuffed together in cages so tightly that they can't even move. Such cages are stacked from floor to ceiling in these filthy dungeons, so that customers can walk in, select the animal(s) of their choice and even decide how the animal(s) will be killed and butchered, according to their individual preferences.

The helpless, selected animal-victim is removed from the public area into a godforsaken "back room," where he/she is dispassionately killed in a bloody, grotesque, medieval manner (most commonly by severing the jugular vein or decapitation). The broken/mutilated creature is then brought back to the customers post-mortem, defeathered and sliced up in accordance with the customers' fickle palates. Could it get any more disgusting?

In an effort to elevate public awareness about this sickening cruelty and discourage conscientious consumers from supporting it, FAUN will be staging another demonstration at Marzigliano's Live Market in West New York, New Jersey. We will be handing out relevant literature and sharing information with passersby, as well as holding relevant signs to visually exhibit the shocking, terrible realities behind this insidious, mostly hidden and shockingly pervasive form of animal cruelty.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23rd 2011 (FAUN Pre-Easter "Holy Day" massacre demo).
TIME: From 3pm through 7pm.
WHERE: Marzigliano's Live Market , 5217 Bergenline Avenue, West New York, NJ, 07093-5512.
RSVP/DETAILS: http://www.meetup.com/FAUNNJ/events/16205142

PARKING: *There is metered parking all along Bergenline Avenue, and a municipal parking lot within 3 minutes walking distance. For those driving in and unfamiliar with the area, J F Kennedy Blvd is one of the main thoroughfares running through the town of West New York. Take J F Kennedy Blvd to 52nd Street, where you will see a large PC Richards on the corner. Turn onto 52nd Street, and drive down approximately 3/4 of a block. You will pass a long/large brown building. Just beyond this building on your right hand side is a sign "West New York municipal parking." Turn right and park. It is quite close to the demo location, though be advised to bring QUARTERS since the metered parking here accepts only quarters at the rate of .50 (fifty cents) per hour. From the Municipal Parking Lot, it is literally a 50 foot walk to Bergenline Ave. Making a left onto Bergenline Ave, you will see Marzigliano's Live Poultry another 50 feet up the street.

**Note to NYC activists--there is a bus directly from the Port Authority, NYC, which drops you off in front of Marzigliano's Live Market. (NJ Transit bus # 159 toward Fort Lee/Linwood Park).

Call (732)693-9044, or email anthony@faunnj.org for more information about this event and other events on our calendar.

Anthony Botti
Friends Of Animals United NJ (FAUN)
P.O. Box 732
Red Bank, NJ, 07701
tel: (732)693-9044
fax: (732)945-7053


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