August 8, 2001 – Band-Aid

YOU GOT US A BAND-AID,
NOW WE NEED A PERMANENT SOLUTION

Thank-you for your help, those letters, e-mails, and phone calls have paid off. The pressure was put on Northwest Airlines and the Airline Industry as a whole. Northwest has postponed its deadline for halting mail shipments of baby chickens until September First.
Mary Beth Schubert spokeswoman for Northwest Airlines said “Northwest Airlines is working with the Air Transport Association to develop an industry-wide agreement with the U.S. Postal Service for the transportation of live poultry as U.S. mail”.
We are guardedly optimistic that this will result in guidelines that will be to the benefit of everyone involved.
Now we need to keep pressure on Washington to pass legislation which will give the U.S. Postal Service the power to force all contracted mail carriers to carry all of the mail and not allow them to pick and choose.
We have changed our website e-mail campaign to a U.S. mail campaign. You can go to our website and print out letters for your senators and representative, over 600 have done so in the last few days.
You should all pat yourself on the back for the great work you have done to this point.
The American way is alive and working for all of us.
We will keep you posted as things develop.

August 1, 2001 – We Need Your Help

The United States Post Office is the only service in the United States, which will carry day old poultry. UPS, Federal Express, Airborne Express, and every other carrier in the US will not carry poultry. As all of you who have bought live day-old poultry from us know, we ship your order for baby chicks, ducklings, goslings, etc. to you via the airlines. We are able to do this because all airlines have a very lucrative contract with the United States Post Office to carry mail.
We were just notified that as of August 15, 2001 Northwest has decided to join a long list of other airlines, which refuse to carry day-old poultry as United States Mail. (In the past the post office has allowed the airlines to pick and choose which type of US Mail they wish to carry.) This decision by Northwest Airlines will probably force the few remaining airlines that do carry poultry to follow suit. The end result of these actions is there will no longer be a way to purchase poultry through the mail because no airlines will carry your order. Unless this can be resolved a number mail order hatcheries will more than likely go out of business.
We are begging for your support and help on this issue. Write your congressional representatives we MUST make them aware of this very crucial problem. We are very worried that mail order poultry and other birds, like so many other great things of our rich heritage, may become a thing of the past. This issue does not only affect hatcheries. Every feed store, 4-H Club, poultry equipment manufacturer, pharmaceutical company, school science project, and any other individual or company which has a finger in raising poultry and other birds on the small scale will be hurt.
Please lend us your assistance on this issue. Click on Take Action Now in the left nav-bar to print out a sample letter for your congressional representatives.
Thank you.

Bird Shippers of America – Who Are We?

The Constitution and the statutes enacted by our Congress guarantee and are designed to insure that postal patrons receive “prompt, reliable, and efficient” postal service “to all communities.” In 2002, the Bird Shippers of America, a group of business, individuals, and allied industry was formed. The primary purpose of this organization would be to protect the right to ship live birds, of various types, through the United States Postal Service. Our membership provides the revenue to hire a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. who actively leads us through the complicated scheme of our country’s politics in trying to succeed in our mission.