Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Special Attention Needed by May 24, 2013

Stop the USPS from adding a Special Handling Fee to Your Order


The United States Postal Service is proposing a "Special Handling Fee" for poultry orders sent through the mail-stream. This fee would add $9.00 to shipments of 10 pounds or less and $11.95 for shipments over 10 pounds, increasing your total purchase price significantly. While they propose an increase, they do not outline how the funds will be used to improve the service they provide, nor does it offer how additional funds would address their concerns about; Protection of Postal Service employees, mail and the environment, or animals against death.

Please read the proposed changes and send your comments to the US Post Office. You can read the proposal on-line at the Federal Register:

With no other avenues for shipping poultry, we need your voice to be heard. Join us and the rest of the mail-order hatchery community in telling the USPS not to implement this new rule. We have attached a sample letter for your use. Please, forward to your friends.

Use this sample letter:
[Your name]
[City State Zip]


The Manager, Product Classification
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446
Washington, DC 20260-5015

RE: 39 CFR Part 111 New Mailing Standards for Live Animals and Special Handling

Dear Sir or Madam:

I would like to voice my concerns about the proposed changes to the New Mailing Standards for Live Animals. [Explain who you are and why you raise poultry]

This proposal would increase the postage amount on our shipments by $9 to $11.95 per box. [Describe why you purchase poultry through the mail, how this additional cost will affect you and your purchasing of poultry.]

Within the proposal it describes the additional cost but does not describe the additional services we will receive for this fee. [Describe any problems you have had in the past and services you expect.]

I feel that this rate increase is excessive and request that it not be implemented.


[Your Signature]
[Your name]

Letter must be submitted on or before May 24, 2013
by sending to the above address or Emailed to address below.
with a subject line of "Live Animals."