“I Feel So Bad For Those Turkeys Hauled on Freezing Nights”

United Poultry Concerns <http://www.UPC-online.org>
16 December 2019

The Letter to the Editor that follows this Introduction was written by Shane
Zoglman and published Nov. 20, 2019 by *The Dubois County Herald* in
Indiana, a
mid-Western state with a large poultry and egg industry. In granting
to UPC to share his letter with our readers, Shane added some information
his own evolution:

Howdy, sure, post away. For some history, back when I was a teenager, and
didn’t have any good examples or guidance in the form of grownups, I
for about 4 years on a chicken farm, that is, an egg farm, gathering eggs
the mega-sized houses, taking out the dead and crippled chickens and also
taking out the old ones, loading them on semis and putting the new young
in the cages.

I also did a few part time jobs of working for a farm where I helped load
turkeys into the semis. I have to say I didn’t think about the animals’
suffering, it just didn’t enter my mind. So I am someone who has seen both
sides and has changed a lot over the years. The thing I do not understand
people that never wake up. I think a big help in my waking up to animal
cruelty was stumbling onto the Shark Online YouTube channel years ago. I
been to a couple rodeos as a kid, but again, never was aware of the
cruelty as
I see it now after seeing their videos of rodeo cruelty.

These days I do not buy guns and ammo to kill animals with. I buy
to enjoy watching them with, and instead of putting effort into killing,
I put
effort and money into taking in animals that need a home as well as
trying to
spread some of the message in my own way that things need to change. –

Here is Shane’s letter in *The Dubois County Herald*, Nov. 20, 2019:

Protect turkeys in trucks from frigid temps
Dubois County Herald

November 20, 2019

To the editor:

Well it is wintertime in Dubois County again and once again the turkey
manufacturing industry has done nothing to alleviate the suffering of
being trucked down the highways at night in open cages, going 60-mph with no
protection from the horrific freezing cold.

The profiteers of the turkey manufacturing industry cannot be bothered to
a few bucks to lessen the cruelty they inflict on their product. After all,
healthy profit margin is what life is all about, right?

After their freezing cold, 18-wheeled torture trip, many of the turkeys are
thrown still alive into boiling hot water. Then they are sold and shipped to
China, where most turkeys “manufactured” in America end up. It’s so great
China gets the food and people in Dubois County get the pollution, the
stink and
the humanity-degrading, low-paying jobs of inflicting cruelty on animals
while a
few rich people at the top get the money.

What does it say that Dubois County has so many churches and so many
decorations and so many people that claim to be Christians and yet so much
unnecessary horrific animal cruelty and no complaint of it, or effort to do
anything to stop it?

You cannot look at humans in middle America and convince me that monsters
do not
exist. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

– Shane Zoglman

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
Don’t just switch from beef to chicken. Go Vegan.
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