UPC President Karen Davis Has a Letter in Today’s New York Times about the Plight of Egg-Laying Hens and Voter Support for California’s Proposition 2.
Our letter is followed by one from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) opposing Proposition 2. Both letters can be read at:
Here is Karen Davis’s letter:
Re: “Standing, Stretching, Turning Around” (editorial, Oct. 9):
To the Editor:
Thank you for encouraging California voters to support the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, or Proposition 2, on the November ballot. This modest proposal would bring a smidgeon of comfort to millions of hens used for egg production.
While some have suggested the egg industry should police itself, history shows that industries based on the backs of the disenfranchised do not voluntarily soften the suffering of those they exploit – all the more so when the victims are millions of hens the public never sees.
Recent investigations by nonprofit groups in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania have revealed the atrocious living conditions of egg-laying hens, though their owners said they were humanely cared for.
Consumer boycotts and protective laws are desperately needed. Proposition 2 is a modest step that deserves voter support and extension to other states.
Karen Davis, President
Machipongo, Va., Oct. 9, 2008
The writer is president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that is a sponsor of Proposition 2.