United Poultry Concerns April 9, 2002
UPC Letter in WSJ: Chickens With Brains

The below letter refers to an article in the Wall Street Journal (March 29) about how upscale "Marth Stewart" types, following her example, are buying chickens from McMurray's catalog and other mail order hatcheries (through the mail), building fancy housing for the chickens, hatching them, then frequently abandoning the birds after the fad wears off, the same way people bought, fawned over, and trashed pot-bellied pigs a few years ago.

Wall Street Journal
April 9 2002


Chicks With Brains

Regarding "The Chicken Coup" by Pooja Bhatia, Weekend Journal, March 26: Contrary to an opinion quoted in this article, chickens have considerable brains, but people for whom animals are mere gadgets and toys aren't interested in the cognitive complexity of their trendy pets. No wonder we have a pet overpopulation problem in this country. It isn't only dogs and cats who are bought like toys, then discarded when the amusement wears off. The message of this article is that it's cool to be morally casual and irresponsible toward creatures whose dilemma we create.

Karen Davis
United Poultry Concerns Inc.
Machipongo, Va.

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

(UPC Letter in WSJ: Chickens With Brains)

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