United Poultry Concerns
17 August 2011
UPC Letter to Steven Tyler Urging Him To Reject Rooster Feathers

August 17, 2011

Steven Tyler
Tenth Street Entertainment
568 Broadway, Suite 608
Eric Sherman, Josh Klemme, Liz Stahl
New York NY 10012
Via Email: stemail@10thst.com

Dear Mr. Tyler,

I am writing to you on behalf of United Poultry Concerns to request your help.

Would you PLEASE stop wearing rooster feather hair extensions, and publicize the fact that you are dropping this fashion which has created a demand for these feathers. You are an admired celebrity around the world. A public statement announcing your decision to stop wearing feather hair extensions, after learning how they are obtained, would help eliminate this unfortunate fashion. There are many beautiful animal-free fabrics you could wear, encourage, and publicize instead. We urge you please to do this.

Hair extension feathers are obtained from thousands of roosters who are warehoused and slaughtered for no other reason than to extract a few feathers from each dead bird’s body which is then trashed. The roosters are caged in miserable madhouse buildings filled with shrieking frustration of male birds who are slaughtered at one year old, although roosters can live 10 years or more and should be foraging outdoors in the sunlight with a flock of adoring hens instead of being imprisoned in squalid debasement for their feathers.

Inquiries as to how exactly these roosters are being killed for their feathers, with “no blood,” have gone unanswered by Whiting Farms in Colorado, the largest producer. We believe the roosters are being strangled or having their necks broken or being gassed or lethally injected, but one way or the other, we know that the killing of these sensitive and intelligent birds to obtain a few feathers from each of them is inhumane and ugly. Please do NOT support this sordid business, and let your fans know why.

Here is a link to our recent Internet Alert including the July 11 article “What the Flock, Steven Tyler?” by fashion writer Joshua Katcher, editor of The Discerning Brute: fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man:

Feather Hair Extensions & Fly-fishing Tyers: Roosters Slaughtered for Fashion & Fishing

Giving up your rooster feathers and informing the fashion industry and your fans of your decision would a gesture of humanity, compassion, and courage. It would be an act of solidarity with proud male birds forced to live in abject misery and be slaughtered merely for a fashion that can easily be created using designer cloth fabrics. Thank you for your kind attention to this letter. We hope for good news from you, which we will be pleased and grateful to proclaim.


Karen Davis, PhD, President
United Poultry Concerns
12325 Seaside Road, PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405 USA
(757) 678-7875

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. www.upc-online.org

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