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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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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 pile collapsed.  

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 contemptuous language.  

Email:  sue.simmons@nbc.com  

Sample Letter:

From: francelle@riseup.net  

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 days.

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 "squaking".

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.

-francelle wax

Scarsdale, NY / Washington, DC


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