United Poultry Concerns September 14, 2000
UPC Letter to Rite Aid Re: Dead Rubber Chicken Lollipop

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 shelves.

I look forward to a response from you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Karen Davis, PhD

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United Poultry Concerns. October 6, 2000

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

(UPC Letter to Rite Aid Re: Dead Rubber Chicken Lollipop)