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(no subject)  Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary
 Jan 12, 2002 21:44 PST 
Greetings to all and regrets for the long gap since the last Brave Birds
Times Online. We will make every effort to resume weekly publication.

**Animal Liberation Website of the Week**

The Animals Agenda online

The website for Animals Agenda magazine offers full-text access to
selected articles as well as an excellent database of organizations and
other useful resources. The current issue of Animals Agenda includes an
article by Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary coordinator Pattrice Jones.
The "happy endings" section of an upcoming issue will include a report
on a group of hens who recently came to live at the sanctuary after
being rescued by the Massachusetts SPCA.

**Animal Liberation Action of the Week**

Thomas Dorr, a staunch proponent of factory farms who once declared that
"factory farming is a model for the future," has been nominated to
become the USDA's s new undersecretary for rural development under the
Bush Administration. Dorr's appointment would be disastrous for animals
and the environment, paving the way for factory farms to further
dominate the agriculture scene. Factory farms are notorious for both the
animal suffering they inflict (with horribly congested, filthy,
stressful and unhealthy conditions) and the tremendous amount of waste
they dump into the environment, fouling waterways and generating a
stench that carries for miles. Despite this, Dorr's vision for the
future, as outlined in a 1998 interview with the New York Times, calls
for county-sized corporate farms, averaging 225,000 acres, to be
operated as giant agricultural factories. He has denounced sustainable
agriculture programs that promote more humane alternatives.

Call your two U.S. Senators today (Congressional Switchboard:
202/224-3121) and urge them to OPPOSE Thomas Dorr' s nomination for
USDA undersecretary for rural development. Let them know that Dorr' s
appointment to this key position would spell disaster for animals, the
environment, and rural communities nationwide. If you need to identify
the names of your Senators go to http//www.senate.gov

Humanelines, Issue 177, January 9, 2002.

**Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary News**
We have been happily taking in more than the usual number of roadside
rescues over the past couple of weeks. The most conspicuous new
residents are "Mr. Ethel Merman" and "Sky." They both were rescued by
local citizens after falling from trucks headed to the slaughter
factory. Ethel Merman was named (by the nice lady who found him) in
honor of his unusually loud and frequent singing, He is extremely
sociable and will not allow anyone to come into the yard without paying
attention to him. Sky is a sweet young hen with blue eyes. She came to
us with a broken leg but, thanks to our excellent vet, is already up and
walking again.
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