Lakeland Animal Welfare Society, a nonprofit animal shelter in southeastern Wisconsin, is holding its annual Second Chances Charity Dinner on
May 4, 2012 at the Abbey Resort and Fontana Spa. The “delicious seated dinner” includes three entrees to choose from: Grilled
Vegetable Tower (vegan), Prime Rib, and Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast.
Please send a polite message to this shelter urging them to replace the slaughtered animal entrees with all-vegetarian entrees consistent with
compassionate consideration for all animals including chickens and cows. If you have a great – mouthwateringly delicious! – vegan
recipe for gatherings of 100 or more people, send it along. Thank you for speaking out. Our letter is below but we urge you to write your own
letter in your own words.
Kristen Perry, Executive Director
Lakeland Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
PO Box 1000
Elkhorn, WI 53121
UPC’s Letter to the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society, March 23, 2012
Dear Ms. Perry:
I am writing to you on behalf of United Poultry Concerns to urge you please to eliminate your May 4th fundraiser options of slaughtered animals
in favor of compassionate meal choices consistent with the representation of the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society as an organization that cares
for abused animals and that seeks to enrich the lives of both animals and people throughout your community.
Chickens and cows are animals. They are fully sentient individuals. They are mistreated by our society every bit as much as dogs and cats, and
they feel pain and fear just as much. We are very concerned that your organization would use one group of suffering and abused animals as bait
to raise money for another group of suffering and abused animals. Even though our own work focuses on the plight of chickens, turkeys and other
domestic fowl, we would not dream of hosting a fundraising dinner made of slaughtered pigs, or raffle a snakeskin handbag in order to raise
money to help chickens.
In addition, many animal shelters are dealing with the tide of neglected and unwanted chickens and ducklings due to the recent trend of
backyard chicken-keeping and the thoughtless attitude of many that baby chicks and ducklings are disposable Easter toys. Surely the Lakeland
Animal Welfare Society extends its good work and goodwill to include these animals as worthy of protective care and public education. Surely
chickens and cows deserve Second Chances Charity no less than dogs and cats, don’t you agree?
I have enclosed information that I hope will be of interest to you and persuade you to offer good meals to your donors that are charitable and
compassionate to all animals.
Thank you very much for your attention. We look forward to your response.
Karen Davis, PhD, President
United Poultry Concerns
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405