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21 April 2014
The Chicken Caucus ducks legislative restraints

Published on National Catholic Reporter (www.ncronline.org)

Colman McCarthy | Apr. 14, 2014

Column: Owing to faction politics, we have in Congress a Progressive Caucus, Black Caucus, Human Rights Caucus and, hatched recently, the Chicken Caucus.

“Karen Davis, the pioneering founder and director of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit advocating compassionate treatment of domestic fowl, reports in the book Prisoned Chickens and Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry that when Congress enacted the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act in 1958, birds were excluded even though they were -- and remain -- 99 percent of land animals killed for food. The law dealt only with the final seconds of life of the 1 percent -- cattle, pigs, sheep -- while ignoring the months or years of brutal confinement in the cages, stalls and pens of factory farms. In 1995, Congress refused to amend the 1958 law to include birds. Federal courts have dismissed challenges to the legislation.”

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