Things are going well with new members and contributions coming
in everyday. We thank all of you who have recognized the need for
this organization and taken the lead by becoming a member.
We have hired a lobbyist, Stephen Boynton, an attorney in Washington,
DC. Steve is actively pursuing legislative action using language
that will meet the needs of our industry.
The grassroots support from around the country has been very influential
in gaining the attention of our senators and congressional representatives.
Your faxes, phone calls, and letters have had a great impact on
both the congress and the Post Office. Mr. Paul Vogel, V.P. of Transportation
of the USPS stated that there had not been this much attention to
a postal issue in several years. Thank you.
It is obvious that the animal rights coalitions will become more
active in our fight. It is very important to recognize their strength
but also realize that these folks are at best, less than 3% of the
population and rather radical in their beliefs and actions. Respect
them but do not be afraid of them. Our grassroots support for legislation
regarding live animal air shipments far exceeds any influence the
animal rights folks may have in trying to influence Congress.
As of Friday August 30th, through a conference call with the USPS,
it was confirmed that Northwest Air would not continue to take day-old
poultry as of September 1st. In addition to this, the post office
issued a list of cities from which birds could not be shipped. The
Post Office letter and list is printed below:
TEMPORARY EMBARGO ON ACCEPTANCE OF LIVE ANIMALS FOR MAILING, INCLUDING
Pursuant to DMM C022.3.11, the USPS does not accept any shipment
of live animals that the USPS reasonably believes cannot reach its
destination in a viable condition.
Northwest Airlines has announced that effective Saturday, September
1, 2001, it will no longer carry live animals as mail. Consequently,
shipments of live animals, including day-old poultry, should not
be accepted for mailing in areas which relied upon Northwest for
air transportation of such shipments.
The following airports are temporarily unavailable for live animal
shipments. Therefore, acceptance personnel that use these airports
as primary dispatch points are temporarily embargoed from accepting
live animals. If a shipper is entering mail at an AMF/AMC serviced
by an airport on this list, AMF/AMC management is authorized to
accept live animals to the extent airlift capacity is available.
CEDAR RAPIDS AMF
DES MOINES AMF
GRAND RAPIDS AMF
KANSAS CITY AMC
LAS VEGAS AMC
LITTLE ROCK AMF
NEW ORLEANS AMC
OKLA. CITY AMF
SAN ANTONIO AMF
SAN DIEGO AMF
SAN FRAN. AMC
SAN JUAN AMF
ST LOUIS AMC
TWIN CITIES AMC
W. PALM BCH. AMF