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P.O. Box 9773
Washington, DC 20016
301-891-2458
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Request for Tour

International Standard of Excellence
Corporate Headquarters
33335 Sassafras Rd.
Galena, MD 21635

April 13, 2001

Dear Egg Producer,

On behalf of Compassion Over Killing–Washington, D.C.'s only grassroots animals rights organization–I would like to express some concerns regarding the treatment of hens on modern egg farms.

Instead of being viewed as the sensitive animals they are, hens are often viewed as nothing more than mere commodities by today's agribusiness industry. While many countries have banned the battery cage system because of its inherent cruelty, U.S. egg producers still cram four to five hens in a 12- by 18-inch wire cage. The cages are stacked one on top of another, forcing the chickens in lower rows to live in the excrement of those above them.

It is my hope that this is not the case at your facilities. In order to ensure that it isn't, I am requesting a tour of your farm at the earliest date possible. I will expect to receive a response to this letter no later than ten days from today, April 23, 2001.

In advance, thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Paul Shapiro
Operations

(Note: No response to this letter was ever received.)



Request for Prosecution

John L. Scarborough, Esq.
Cecil County State's Attorney
129 E. Main St.
Elkton, MD 21921
Fax: 410-392-7814

VIA FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION

May 7, 2001

Dear Mr. Scarborough,

On behalf of Compassion Over Killing–Washington, D.C.'s only grassroots animals rights organization–I would like to express some grave concerns regarding the treatment of hens at the International Standard of Excellence–America (ISE America) egg facility in Cecil County (601 Route 299 Cecilton, MD).

The 800,000 laying hens used by ISE America all live in what are known as "batteries," long rows of wire mesh cages stacked one atop the other. Confined so intensely, the hens at ISE America are unable to fully stretch their wings, let alone engage in natural behaviors like roosting, foraging, or dust bathing. Instead, the birds live in each others' waste and step on top of each other for lack of space. Because of these horrible conditions, many birds are suffering extreme physical and psychological torment.

In addition to ISE America's routine intense confinement of hens, many hens at ISE America are sick, injured, or immobilized in various ways. Many animals are visibly ill, while others have unchecked infections, growths, and other injuries worthy of veterinary care that is denied. Moreover, many birds become immobilized, whether it be from getting a wing stuck between two bars of a cage or a head stuck underneath the bars of a cage. When immobilized, the hens have no access to food or water, thereby dying a slow and miserable death.

These hens are sentient individuals who are due both respect and compassion. Unfortunately, ISE America is treating them as if they were mere commodities to be exploited in the most profitable way. As a result, ISE America routinely commits egregious acts of animal cruelty.

On behalf of our 1,000 members, I am requesting that you investigate and prosecute ISE America for violating the animal cruelty laws of both Cecil County and the State of Maryland.

I'm eager to receive a written response from you at your earliest convenience and appreciate your serious attention to this matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Paul Shapiro
Campaigns and Operations



Response to COK's Request for Prosecution

Office of State's Attorney for Cecil County
John L. Scarborough
Courthouse
129 E. Main Street
Elkton, Maryland 21921
410-996-5335
FAX: 410-392-7814

May 9, 2001

Paul Shapiro
Compassion Over Killing
P.O. Box 9773
Washington, DC 20016

Dear Mr. Shapiro:

This office is not an investigatory agency and would lack the resources to undertake such. We handle cases that are presented and referred from police or other investigatory bodies.

You will need to contact the proper agency that has jurisdiction over the issues you present.

Sincerely,

John L. Scarborough
State's Attorney for Cecil Co.



Request for Referral to Prosecute

Sheriff Rodney Kennedy
Cecil County Police Department
500 Landing Ln.
Elkton, MD 21921
Fax: 410-996-5518

VIA FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION

May 14, 2001

Dear Sheriff Kennedy,

On behalf of Compassion Over Killing–a grassroots animals rights organization based in Washington, D.C.–I would like to express some grave concerns regarding the treatment of hens at the International Standard of Excellence–America (ISE America) egg facility in Cecil County (601 Route 299 Cecilton, MD).

The 800,000 laying hens used by ISE America all live in what are known as "batteries," long rows of wire mesh cages stacked one atop the other. Confined so intensely, the hens at ISE America are unable to fully stretch their wings, let alone engage in natural behaviors like roosting, foraging, or dust bathing. Instead, the birds live in each others' waste and step on top of each other for lack of space. Because of these horrible conditions, many birds are suffering extreme physical and psychological torment.

In addition to ISE America's routine intense confinement of hens, many hens at ISE America are sick, injured, or immobilized in various ways. Many animals are visibly ill, while others have unchecked infections, growths, and other injuries worthy of veterinary care that is denied. Moreover, many birds become immobilized, whether it be from getting a wing stuck between two bars of a cage or a head stuck underneath the bars of a cage. When immobilized, the hens have no access to food or water, thereby dying a slow and miserable death.

These hens are sentient individuals who are due both respect and compassion. Unfortunately, ISE America is treating them as if they were mere commodities to be exploited in the most profitable way. As a result, ISE America routinely commits egregious acts of animal cruelty.

On behalf of our 1,000 members, I am requesting that you refer ISE America to Cecil County State's Attorney John L. Scarborough for prosecution under the animal cruelty laws of both Cecil County and the State of Maryland.

I'm eager to receive a written response from you at your earliest convenience and appreciate your serious attention to this matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Paul Shapiro
Campaigns and Operations

(Note: No response to this letter was ever received.)

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