Last week, Connecticut officials euthanized over 2,500 chickens and two ducks seized from Tang Quan "Jason" Lin. Officials found numerous dead animals; the living birds were sick, living in squalor and had apparently not been given food or water in days. He was planning to sell them at an Asian live bird market in Boston.
Lin, who is from Massachusetts, has been arrested two times in the last three years for animal cruelty. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 719 chickens and 303 ducks from his Massachusetts farm a few years ago. They also found about 100 dead birds among the live ones. The Massachusetts court let Lin off "without a finding," a ruling similar to probation.
In 2007, Lin was also cited for housing chickens and ducks in his house without a permit. He supposedly got rid of them, but a follow-up inspection found several hundred baby chicks.
Lin has repeatedly shown that he has no concern for the welfare of his animals and that he will continue to mistreat birds. Ask the State's Attorney to pursue the maximum charges against Lin to stop the cycle of cruelty.
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The scale of this cruelty to animals is shocking. But sadly, it's not the first time for Lin. A few years ago, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized over 1,000 animals from Lin's farm in Mendon, Mass., where they were found neglected and standing on about 100 dead animals found crushed into the ground. He was also cited by the Milford Building Commissioner for keeping chickens and ducks in his home without a permit, and a follow-up inspection revealed that he once again had several hundred baby chicks in his house.
This is clearly a repeat offender who has no concern for the suffering of animals. There is a well-established link between cruelty to animals and domestic violence and other violent crimes toward humans. Animal cruelty must be taken seriously as a crime, both to prevent future animal suffering and to protect children and other human victims of violence.
I urge you to prosecute Tang Quan "Jason" Lin to the full extent of the law.