July 3, 2001

Mr. Bruce W. Little, D.V.M.
Executive Vice President
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360

Via Fax: 847-925-0944
Re: AVMA Poultry Position Statement
Forced Molting of Egg-Laying Hens

Dear Mr. Little:

It is with the utmost respect for you, your profession and your organization that I write today. I realize it takes a very special person to become a veterinarian and to treat patients who can neither tell you “where it hurts” nor say “thank you” when you’ve made it stop hurting.

It is to that sense of compassion and selflessness that I appeal today on behalf of egg-laying hens in the poultry industry. I am sure I don’t need to tell you how cruel and inhumane the practice of forced molting is, or that (unfortunately) is not an illegal practice. A number of organizations concerned with the health and welfare of animals – both as domestic pets and as food sources – have come out with statements against this practice.

Knowing that you and your association also stand for the humane and proper treatment of animals by their human caregivers, I would like to encourage you to recommend the approval of a proposed resolution to revise the AVMA’s poultry position statement to include an indictment of this brutal practice. Standing in opposition to this practice is standing up for the health and well-being of not only the creatures currently experiencing forced molting procedures, but for those who consume their eggs. Logic dictates that healthier chickens will produce safer eggs.

I thank you for sparing me a moment of your time to read my letter. And further thank your organization for its support and resources. Recently I made use of the pet loss sources on your organization’s website when I suddenly and unexpectedly lost my companion cat of 9 years to Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (he had no symptoms indicating the condition).

Thank you,

Leigh-Anne Dennison
Alexandria, VA