"United Poultry Concerns is demanding my expulsion form the AVMA Animal Welfare
Committee position. Their own Web site demonstrates how they are advancing
their agenda by attempting to connect this atrocity to AVMA's position on induced
molting. I am nothing more than a poster child under attack."
"Cutler speaks out on his own behalf," DVM Newsmagazine , January
Machipongo, Va. - The January issues of Veterinary Practice News and DVM
Newsmagazine emphasize the leadership of United Poultry Concerns in
pursuing the case against, and publicizing the role of, Dr. Gregg Cutler,
a member of the animal welfare committee of the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), in a California egg company's decision to throw tens
of thousands of unwanted live hens into wood-chipping machines last February.
The episode prompted a 65-page report by the San Diego County Department of
Animal Services showing that Cutler authorized the use of wood chippers as
a "painless and humane" method of killing adult chickens. Even before obtaining
the report, UPC "demanded in March that the AVMA remove Cutler from its animal
welfare committee" based on the information then available (VPN).
Though Cutler was part of a team of veterinarians, poultry producers, and
government officials that recommended killing chickens in wood chippers during
last year's Exotic Newcastle Disease epidemic, and for three years previously
according to the egg company's manager, United Poultry Concerns is targeting
Cutler because of his position on the AVMA's animal welfare committee, where
he supports the egg industry practice of starving hens, known as forced molting,
and because he epitomizes the AVMA, which as a body actively opposes every
effort to improve welfare standards for birds and other farmed animals, while
calling itself "the leading voice for humane and proper care of animals."
Cutler not only authorized the use of the wood chippers; he lied to the AVMA
about doing so, and he is still changing his story. In Veterinary Practice
News , he says, "I did not advise them to do it." In DVM Newsmagazine he
says: "My only regret is speaking as a scientist to county representatives
and consumer media who misconstrued my openmindedness for new alternatives
to euthanasia during a crisis."
Both magazines state that the AVMA claims to be gathering facts for an AVMA
judicial hearing this month to decide if Cutler "breached ethical standards
and the Veterinarian's Oath." Meanwhile, United Poultry Concerns has joined
the San Diego County Department of Animal Services in urging the California
Veterinary Medical Board to investigate Gregg Cutler's role in the wood-chipper
episode with a view to revoking his license to practice veterinary medicine
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate
and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. www.upc-online.org