The July/August 2005 issue of the Sierra Magazine has a featured section called The Perfect Fix about how technology is innovating ways to save the planet:
Under AGRICULTURE in "The Perfect Fix":
"Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are experimenting with ways to make PLASTIC FROM CHICKEN FEATHERS, 4 billion pounds of which are generated each year by the U.S. poultry industry. Once cleaned and separated, the feathers can be spun into strong and biodegradable fibers similar to polyethylene and polypropylene."
It seems that unless an animal with "star quality" – a dolphin, say – is being threatened, the Sierra Club doesn’t recognize the validity of an animal’s suffering and abuse. And while the Sierra Club claims to be against large-scale animal factory farms, here they are promoting a government/industry "solution" that will help the poultry industry make tons more money by turning chickens’ feathers into consumer products, and appear to "solve" one of the many environmental problems inherent in mega-chicken abuse operations.
What Can I Do?
If you find the Sierra Club’s promotion of turning chickens' feathers into plastic products objectionable, contact Sierra Magazine at 85 Second St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Fax: 415-977-5794. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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