NBC faux pas
Today, 15 Sep 2004, on 'Live
at Five' on local NYC NBC tv station Channel Four, anchorperson Sue 'I love
animals' Simmons just reported a delay on a highway from overturned crates
full of chickens; the accident happened when a crate at the bottom of the
Sue Simmons stated "The highway was shut down for forty
minutes while men captured the squawking birds."
Please tell Sue Simmons that SHE might be 'SQUAWKING'
too if she was on a long trip with no food or water, smashed against her
terrified friends, on the was to the slaughterhouse; in any case there is
absolutely NO REASON for this woman to refer to these poor birds with such
I fostered a liberated bird once, Ms. Simmons. She
lived in my downstairs bathroom for five nights until we could get her to a
sanctuary to live out the rest of what turned out to be her very numbered
She arrived malnourished, scabbed, her cage-mates
excrement encrusted upon her featherless flesh. Her beak had been severed.
In your report about the highway congestion caused by
the disabled truck carting around abused birds, you described the animals as
That's a little callous of you, is it not?
Do a little reporting on the conditions that animals in
transport face, and I think you will find that it's no wonder they're crying
out in pain and despair.
Scarsdale, NY / Washington, DC
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