Ban Philadelphia Live Poultry Markets

  • by: George Wissnez
  • recipient: Philadelphia Councilman at large Jack Kelly
Philadelphia has several "live poultry markets" where live ducks, chickens, hens and other poulty are kept in small, overcrowded cages.  They are forced to live in these cramped conditions, often standing or sitting in their own feces without food or water until they are purchased.  Then they are taken from their prison cage and taken to the room to be slaughtered.  This is usually done by cutting the birds neck until it slowly bleeds to death, then is hung upside down and wet to remove the feathers, then butchered.  These facilities are in urban areas close to schools, dwellings etc.  The odor is strong and also risks spreading disease to the community.
Dear Coucilman Kelly, Thank you for making plans to create a bill banning the sale of foie gras in the city of Philadelphia.  I'd also like to bring to your attention Philadelphia's live poultry markets.  These markets are cruel to the fowl in them due to the fact that they are forced to live in small cages, often several in one cage, sitting or standing in their own feces.  These businesses are often near homes, schools and other businesses, which is potentially dangerous in the event of a avian flu outbreak.  We the undersigned respectfully request that you add to the foie gras ban a ban on these establishments which are not only cruel to the animals but a health risk to the citizens of the city.  Thank you. 
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