Karen Davis, President |
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
12325 Seaside Road PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405
Ph: 757-678-7875; fax: 5070
The Wall Street Journal
Re: "Scene & Heard: Professional agitators can't claim to be a
'grassroots' movement anymore" by Kimberley A. Strassel
(OpinionJournal.com, 13 December 2001). Regardless of the relative
size of our nonprofit organizational budgets, the "David-and-Goliath"
description of the relationship between powerful corporate-political
interests and what Guest Choice Network (an advocacy voice for
restaurants and bars) calls the "Nanny Culture" is accurate. The
"Nanny Culture" comprises all groups working to protect those
elements of the world, considered precious by many, that are at risk
in societies that value consumerism and moneymaking above everything
else. In the 19th century, the "Nanny Culture" would have included
the Abolitionists, suffragists, the ASPCA, labor unionists, and
others working to reduce the misery of the world and to legislate
fairer treatment for the disenfranchised. Today the "Nanny Culture"
includes the animal advocacy movement, environmentalists, even child
protection organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Anyone who is interested in the organizational budgets of the animal
protection community can go to our own watchdog. Animal People's
Watchdog Report on Animal Protection Charities
(www.animalpeoplenews.org) publishes the finances of the 150 most
prominent animal and habitat-related charities and foundations each
December. If we are "nannies," Guest Choice Network representatives
(like Richard Berman and David Martosko) come across as spoiled
spoon-beating babies, whose only vision of life is the right to
gobble without being gobbled. I recently met a 200+-pound dyspeptic
Guest Choice Network representative who regards stalking groups (like
mine) that hold Vigils for suffering farmed animals as time well
spent. Signs saying "Let Animals Be Our Friends, Not Our Food" and
"Compassion Over Killing" really get their goat. These people may
have the "goods" on us "nannies," but they are such sourballs-who
cares? It is they, not we, who have no sense of humor and who come
across as utterly joyless and spiritually dry. Maybe that's why their
cause is gorging and "spirits."
Karen Davis, PhD
Karen Davis is the author of many articles and books including, most
recently, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and
Reality (Lantern Books, 2001). She is the founder and president of
United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization promoting the
compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Letter Re: WSJ Journal Article on the "Nanny Culture")