United Poultry Concerns
June 8, 2007
AMAZON.COM COCKFIGHTING ALERT: EMAIL ADDRESSES
(Jeffrey P. Bezos, President & CEO)
Amazon.com is being targeted by activists for its continued sale of two cockfighting magazines, The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior. According to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which sued Amazon.com and the publishers of these magazines on February 8, 2007 for violating federal law, Amazon.com is the only outlet for cockfighters to buy and sell subscriptions over the Internet. The law being violated is the federal Animal Welfare Act which has a provision banning the interstate shipment of fighting birds. Amazon calls what it’s doing free speech, but HSUS argues that the First Amendment does not protect a company’s right to solicit illegal behavior and peddle contraband. Amazon does not sell magazines that advertise the sale of narcotics, child pornography, or other illegal materials. The same standard should apply to all staged animal fighting publications including cockfighting magazines.
What Can I Do?
Please tell Amazon you do not support the sale of cockfighting magazines and ask your friends and family to do the same. Tell Amazon you will not buy books or other merchandise from Amazon.com – and mean it! – until the company stops promoting cockfighting and violating federal law. (United Poultry Concerns has made this commitment to boycott Amazon.) Request a written response to your concerns.
Jeffrey P. Bezos, President & CEO
1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98144-2734
Phone: 800-201-7575 (press 7 when prompted. This number, though intended for transaction problems like shipping, is the only phone number available). You can also go to the Amazon.com website and try to outwit the website’s obstacles to protest communications.
For more information about cockfighting visit: www.upc-online.org/cockfighting/