Editor:

Another year has gone by and the 2018 Wing Fest is upon us. Wing Fest is an annual event held in downtown Glens Falls. Participating restaurants offer chicken wings which attendees eat and then vote on the best tasting wings in Glens Falls.

I am a local animal rights activist and year after year I have felt it my duty to speak out against the cruelty inherent in this event. Wing Fest is not a celebration of cruelty, but a celebration of looking the other way when we see another's suffering. It would be hard for most to pretend that they are not aware of the incredible suffering that broiler chickens endure while being prepared for the chicken wing market place: Among other facts, the nine Billion (with a capital B!) broiler chickens that are factory-farmed every year are selectively bred to grow abnormally large. According to Farm Sanctuary, "In the past 50 years, the amount a chicken used for meat grows each day has increased by more than 300 percent." Many chickens have difficulty walking due to their skeletons not being able to support their weight. Also, since chickens are not covered under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, they do not have to be rendered insensible before slaughter, leading many to die painfully. There are approximately 10 billion animals factory farmed annually in the United States, nine billion of which are broiler chickens. This is clearly the central issue in Farmed Animal Welfare.

I plead with you, beg you, please do not attend the Glens Falls Wing Fest. Please boycott this event. Or, if you feel strongly enough, join me at the corner of Glen Street and Bay Street on April 28 from noon to 3 p.m. to protest the 2018 Glens Falls Wing Fest. Thank you.

Matthew Collins, Glens Falls

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