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29 August 2015
LOVE LETTERS for Chickens Under the Bridge
Animal sacrifice, ritual abandonment and redemption
by the shores of Jamaica Bay, New York Daily News, Aug 21.


In the past week, the New York Daily News has posted 10 Letters of gratitude and appreciation for the powerful video news story “Chickens Under the Bridge” by Pearl Gabel, about a homeless man who’s been rescuing and caring for chickens mutilated and abandoned by a Hindu sect in NYC. Here are the published letters in VOICES OF THE PEOPLE:

August 29: Chickens, humans and gods

An exemplar of human kindness

Machipongo, Va.: I was deeply moved by Pearl Gabel’s telling of the story of a man, Mohammad Yaseen, who knows in his heart, and shows in his life, that we save ourselves through kindness to our fellow creatures, rather than by sacrificing them to insatiable gods who demand suffering, mutilation, and death (“The chickens under the bridge,” NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21)

Yaseen may be homeless, but if home is where the heart is, this gracious man has an estate worth more than all the gold, bloodshed and chants combined. His sanctuary for chickens under the bridge is a point of light in a dark place, and I am grateful to have met him through Gabel’s luminously compassionate coverage.
Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns


Pointing the way to a better world

Brooklyn: Just imagine how wonderful the world would be if there were more people like Mohammad Yaseen.
Rina Deych


August 27: Chicken coo

Chicken coo

Chicago: “The Chickens Under the Bridge” (NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21) was a fascinating story. Thank you for publishing it!
Robert Grillo, Executive Director, Free From Harm


Fair fowl

Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Thank you very much for “The Chickens Under the Bridge,” A really fantastic, powerful story.
Kathy Ballance


Good egg

Gaithersburg, Md.: Thank you for running the story about Mohammad Yaseen and his rescued chickens. It was moving and touching. What a kind soul. I wish the police would take him seriously.
Aaron Rosenzweig


August 26: Cluck of Approval

Cluck of approval

Edgewater, Md.: I am so very appreciative of “The Chickens under the bridge” (NYDailyNews.com, Aug. 21). What a wonderful person Mohammad Yaseen is! Chickens are intelligent, sentient beings that are treated by many as the lowest of the low. The chicken industry is bad enough, but there are many other assaults on the chicken, as the Daily News has brought to light. To have taken the time to cover this story means so much!
Susan Jablonski


Keep on pecking

Manhattan: Thank you for the excellent piece on the tortured chickens under the bridge in Queens. Please follow this story to find out if the NYPD animal cruelty unit is dealing with this terrible problem.
Tippi Williams


Consider the chicken

Richmond, Va.: I am always so glad when I see a newspaper stand up for the chicken. People don’t realize the intelligence of this remarkable bird or its courage in defending its family from predators, some of which are much larger than the chicken. I just can’t thank you enough. Please keep publishing articles like this.
Karen Karvelis


Poultry in motion

Mechanicsville, Va.: Not only the chickens thank you but all of us who respect this noble bird and the problems it has to face in its daily existence. The plight of the chicken and all similar birds must be brought to the fore so the public can start appreciating this bird standing up against all the abuse it endures just to survive.
Richard W. Firth


August 25: A Beautiful Reminder

A beautiful reminder

Honolulu, HI.: I want to express my sincere appreciation for Pearl Gabel's article and video, “The chickens under the bridge” (NYDailyNews.com. August 21). What a beautiful reminder of the human capacity for kindness towards any and all beings even during a period of darkness. I hope to see more stories like this at the Daily News.
Lindsay Veazey


Mohamed Yaseen minding his flock
Mohamed Yaseen has saved dozens of chickens and minds his flock under a bridge on Cross Bay Blvd.


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