United Poultry Concers
15 March 2010
Lobby to Help Chickens in San Francisco’s Live Animal Markets
California Humane Lobby Day in Sacramento Thursday April 8, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA invite you to participate in the California Humane Lobby Day in Sacramento, where you can speak up for chickens!


The Issue

Although cruelty to all animals (including poultry) is officially prohibited under the general provisions of California Penal Code 597, a special section 597.3 of the Code, regulating live animal markets, excludes birds defined as “poultry” from the animals it covers. For this reason, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office will not prosecute the vendors for cruelty to chickens, claiming there is no legal means to prosecute.

California Penal Code Section 597.3 states: “‘Animal’ means frogs, turtles, and birds sold for the purpose of human consumption, with the exception of poultry.” See http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/597.3.html.

Roosters and hens are particularly victimized by the vendors, who handle them violently, keep them in filthy, crowded crates, with dirty food and water containers, or no food or water at all, and stuff them alive into bags for customers to take away and treat however they please.

What You Can Do

If you are a California resident, please click on http://action.humanesociety.org/site/Calendar/1698592818?view=Detail&id=101681

And sign up to lobby at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday April 8, 2010.

Urge your California Assembly Members to amend CA Penal Code 597.3 to cover chickens and all poultry the same as other animals under CA Penal Code 597. Please make California Humane Lobby Day a lobbying day for the chickens. For information about the abuse of chickens by San Francisco live animal vendors, click on www.upc-online.org/livemarkets/.

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