Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter
21 January 2001 Issue
WINTER STORMS KILL THOUSANDS
Two winter storms that ravaged western Arkansas have killed thousands of chickens and left thousands more dying in the wreckage of caved-in buildings. For weeks, tens of thousands of factory-farmed chickens have been dying slowly of starvation, thirst, or exposure underneath the rubble of the buildings that once housed them. Chicken farmers stand helplessly by, bound by their contracts with Tyson's and other giant chicken corporations to refrain from moving or saving them until the corporation dictates a recovery plan. Moreover, the contamination caused by the many thousands of dead birds will be enormous, especially as ice and snow melt. Tyson and the other corporations have had every reason to be prepared for this disaster: Less than a year ago, snow and ice storms in the area destroyed about 500 chicken houses, costing more than $25 million. Still, it seems the poultry industry has yet to create any kind of adequate disaster plans for removing, caring for, or humanely euthanizing their chickens.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact Tyson and Foster Farms and tell them that they MUST take responsibility for their animals by;
1) Creating responsible emergency plans which include the expedient removal of birds to a safe location, care for the birds, and»as a last resort»humanely euthanizing them and; 2) Reducing the number of chickens in chicken houses (smaller houses are more structurally sound and much easier to evacuate).
Send your letters to:
1) Tyson Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765
2) Foster Farms
PO Box 306
Livingston CA 95334
For more info on the AR chicken disaster & how you can help, see:
The Humane Society of the United States
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