October 28, 2020
The Honorable Louis DeJoy
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza West, SW
Washington, DC 20260
Dear Mr. DeJoy:
With the media reporting on the deaths of thousands of newborn chicks as a result of delays and other issues affecting the United States Postal Service, our organization has heard from a number of people who were shocked to learn that living animals are regularly shipped around the country as if they were inanimate objects.
While incidents of entire shipments of chicks perishing have received public attention, what is still largely hidden from people is that newborn chicks dying in the custody of the United States Postal Service is a common, everyday occurrence.
Mailing chicks may have seemed like a good idea a hundred years ago, but it has grown into a large and callous industry that is out of step with the values of modern society. Shipping live animals through the Postal Service should be prohibited.
We respectfully urge you to review the custom of shipping baby chicks and other small animals with an eye toward ending this inherently cruel practice.
James Glover, President
NH Animal Rights League, Inc.
P.O. Box 4211
Concord, New Hampshire 03302
In response, we received the following form letter from a USPS Customer Experience Specialist: