25 January 2019

UPC Letter to Dunn County District Attorney, Jan. 25, 2019

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United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
Phone: 757-678-7875 • FAX: 757-678-5070

January 25, 2019

Andrea Nodolf, District Attorney
Dunn County District Attorney's Office
615 Stokke Parkway, Suite 1700
Menomonie, WI 54751

Dear Ms. Nodolf,

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I am respectfully writing to ask you please to use your influence to eliminate the annual “chicken toss” in Ridgeland. Many people have begged Dunn County officials for years to put an end to this cruel entertainment.

The chicken toss consists of throwing many chickens, one or two at a time, up in the air from a roof. Crowds scramble to grab the birds as they fall to the ground. The chickens huddle together, freezing and fearful, in crates and bags waiting to be thrown by participants.

There is no similarity between a chicken being pulled from a container and thrown roughly up in the air from a roof in the midst of a screaming mob, and a chicken fluttering voluntarily to the ground from a perch in a quiet place.

I am enclosing a letter about the chicken toss addressed to you by University of California Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci. As he is currently out of the country, he asked me to forward his letter to you since we did not have your email address.

Thank you very much for your consideration of our concern for these birds. We urge that chickens and all creatures be treated with compassion and respect.



Karen Davis, PhD


United Poultry Concerns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org

Federal ID: 52-1705678