United Poultry Concerns August 7, 2006

Turkey Deaths are Unacceptable: UPC Letter in Mercury News

UPC President Karen Davis has Letter about Airline Turkey Deaths in The San Jose Mercury News Aug. 3. www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/15187424.htm

Turkey deaths are unacceptable

In July, 14,080 baby turkeys suffered in two incidents while aboard Northwest Airlines and Air Canada flights to San Francisco International Airport. The majority died (Page 1B, July 22). Such deaths are routine but are seldom publicized. Newborn birds are shipped through the U.S. Postal Service and the airlines as “perishable matter.” They are treated like luggage. Millions of baby birds are delivered dead and dying each year, and postal workers who find boxes of suffering birds are forbidden by law to intervene.

Northwest Airlines announced in 2001 that it would no longer carry chicks as mail, but the hatcheries persuaded Congress to force the airlines to carry birds as mail, and Senate Bill 2395 [introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa] would force the U.S. Postal Service to continue carrying birds as mail through connecting flights in temperatures between zero and 100 degrees. Under such cruel conditions, what happened to the baby turkeys will continue. This should not be allowed to happen.

Karen Davis, president, United Poultry Concerns

Machipongo, Va.


For background information about airmail transport of live baby birds, and who to write to, including Northwest Airlines, U.S. Postal Service, and your Members of Congress, click on: http://www.upc-online.org/transport/80706turkeytransport.html


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

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