Open Letter to CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves from United Poultry Concerns
(For background see http://www.upc-online.org/entertainment/100107cbs.html and http://www.upc-online.org/entertainment/100407cbs.html.)
October 5, 2007 via Certified Mail
Leslie Moonves, Chair & CEO
CBS Television Network
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2112
Dear Mr. Moonves:
I am writing to you in regard to the killing of two hens on “Kid Nation” on September 26, 2007. I request that CBS refrain from this kind of programming in the future.
This is the second time I have written to you about the killing of live animals on your shows targeting children and teenage audiences. First there was “Survivor,” and now there is this ugliness of CBS to contend with. What is wrong with you?
Parents have begun to fear allowing their children to tune in to CBS as a result of the callous and irresponsible behavior towards helpless animals and child actors that appears on your network. Those of us who deal every day with the torture and killing of birds and other animals by children and teenagers and defective adults are disgusted that CBS would contribute to this conduct.
I join with others in asking CBS to develop a better line of programming for young people and adults. Educators, law enforcement, and people with conscience do not want to deal with the results of what CBS is offering as entertainment. Please respond, Mr. Moonves. What you are proffering to the public is unhealthy.
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I request a response from you in writing at your earliest convenience addressing our concerns.
Thank you for your attention.
Karen Davis, PhD