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Jesus College
26th March 2009

Cadbury Trebor Bassett
PO Box 7008
B30 2PT

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing on behalf of the Pembroke College Winnie-the-Pooh Society to express our concern for the welfare of the crème birds you presumably farm in order to collect and market Cadbury’s crème eggs.

What method of farming is used? Are they free range, barn or battery farmed birds?

We are also unsure as to the origin of the crème bird. It seems unlikely that a bird could evolve naturally to lay eggs with a milk chocolate shell and soft fondant centre, so suited to the human population in its raw form, and we are therefore suspicious that some form of genetic modification may have taken place in the past. Is this the case?

If it is not the case that genetic modification has taken place, then we assume that the crème must be a very rare bird for none of us to have heard of them outside of the Cadbury product. We are therefore curious as to what precautions you take to ensure the small population survives. Do you leave any eggs to be incubated and hatched? We are fearful that given the large numbers of eggs being sold on the high street, you may be over-collecting from the population and that as a result crème egg supplies may soon start to dwindle.

We urge you to invest some of the profits from the crème egg enterprise into research to find a way of creating crème eggs artificially so that intensive farming of the crème birds becomes unnecessary.
Should you wish to discuss any of this with us you would be very welcome to attend one of the Society’s elevenses meetings (held at 4pm every Saturday of Full Term).

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth K Mottram
Foreign Secretary

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