Boston, MA, Machipongo, VA - "No One Knows How Many . . . The Use of
Birds in Agricultural and Biomedical Research" is a powerful new
brochure produced through the collaborative efforts of the New England
Anti-Vivisection Society and United Poultry Concerns. The brochure,
which is based on a White Paper supported by NEAVS and written by Karen
Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns, is a revelation of
"Millions of birds are used in grotesque experiments and suffer and die
horribly at the hands of vivisectors," says NEAVS President Dr. Theodora
Capaldo. "NEAVS is deeply concerned that while birds are extensively
experimented on, few people know the suffering and torment they endure
in laboratories in the United States and around the world."
One reason that countless birds are exposed to callous, cruel, and
wasteful research in the United States is that birds and farmed animals
have been arbitrarily excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, even though
the Act was designed to cover all warm-blooded sentient animals. Thus
unprotected, birds are subjected to food deprivation, artificially
induced diseases, heat stress, debeaking, slaughter experiments, and
much more, through funding provided by the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal
agencies funded by U.S. taxpayers.
NEAVS and UPC are asking people to urge the USDA's Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to include birds in the Animal Welfare
Act in fulfillment of the Act's original intention.
Chickens and other domestic fowl are especially vulnerable to
vivisection because, at the very time society has begun to demand less
cruel treatment of birds and other animals raised for food, genetic
engineers are pushing the technologies of farmed animal abuse in whole
new directions. "These birds have not only the tragedy of being
considered food," says UPC President Dr. Karen Davis, "They are fair
game for all sorts of hideous research - everything from being forced to
'model' the effects of cigarette smoke inhalation and high-cholesterol
diets to having their faces disfigured in experiments designed to make
them grow teeth or sprout extra beaks. Thus far neither conscience nor
law has protected them. This has to be changed."
For a complete copy of Dr. Davis' White Paper, please visit NEAVS'
website at www.neavs.org. Or visit United Poultry Concerns at
www.upc-online.org. For copies of the brochure, "No One Knows How Many .
. . The Use of Birds in Agricultural and Biomedical Research, please
send a SASE to NEAVS or to UPC, ATTN: Bird Brochure.
The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to ending animal experimentation in laboratories,
product testing, veterinary and medical schools, and public and private
classrooms. United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to promoting the compassionate and respectful treatment of