October 6, 2000
Ms. Mary Sammons, President
Mr. Robert Miller, CEO
Rite Aid Corporation
PO Box 3165
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Dear Ms. Sammons and Mr. Miller:
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, a national nonprofit
organization with 10,000 members nationwide, I request that you
please stop selling the rubber plucked chicken lollipop. It is
offensive and unfunny. It encourages children and others to regard
animal suffering and death as amusing-often amusing enough to
inflict. We respectfully request Rite Aid to rid its counters of the
sadistic lollipop immediately. It suggests the idea of forcing an
object down an animal's throat as well as oral sex. The tag (with No.
4435 written on it) says this obscene object is for "Ages 3 and up."
Laws that protect people from susceptible children imitating
adult-sponsored images of cruelty do not protect birds and other
animals from gross abuse. Many children do to animals what they
cannot legally do to humans, and studies show they often proceed from
nonhuman animals to humans. People who are working to promote humane
education and respect for life should not have to compete with
inhumane messages from Rite Aid. We ask that you show responsible
leadership. Please remove the dead chicken rubber lollipop from your
I look forward to a response from you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Karen Davis, PhD
United Poultry Concerns. October 6, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Letter to Rite Aid Re: Dead Rubber Chicken Lollipop)