June 26, 2019

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

June 26, 2019

WAMU 88.5 American University Radio
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8082

Dear WAMU 88.5:

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I am writing to express our objection to your promotion of Nellie’s “Free-Range” Eggs. More than just naming Nellie’s as a sponsor, you are advertising for Nellie’s Eggs, the brand name for Pete and Gerry’s Organics, which is currently being sued by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for false advertising.

WAMU 88.5 is supposed to be noncommercial. That, plus the fact that Nellie’s hens do not live the life portrayed in their advertising, is disturbing. A Certified Humane label does not mean that the hens have good lives. Nellie’s does not disclose the part about the factory-farm hatcheries, the destruction of the male chicks at birth, the painful debeaking of the hens, the culling of hens who aren’t laying enough eggs for profit, the factory-farm sheds, the minimal or nonexistent “range,” the brutal catching crews, and the slaughter or gassing of the hens after a year of laying an abnormal number of eggs for retail.

We want more of public radio than a double standard where chickens and other animals are concerned. We object to WAMU 88.5’s advertising for a commercial product that is misrepresented as coming from a “humane” source. Nellie’s hens are not treated humanely. They are not “loved” by their owners. They are mass produced. Mass production and humane treatment of animals are mutually exclusive. Please stop being a voice for Nellie’s Eggs.

Thank you for your attention to our concerns. We look forward to your response.



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