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26 January 2016
Chickens With Dignity


UPC President Karen Davis’s Letter
Published on The New York Times Science Page in print & online



Letters to the Editor

JAN. 25, 2016

Chickens With Dignity


Re “Chickens Weren’t Always Dinner for Humans” (Jan. 19): The claim that “chickens get no respect” is not quite true. In the United States and around the world, the number of sanctuaries for rescued farm animals, including chickens, is growing. One of the great things about a farm animal sanctuary is the opportunity it provides for staff and visitors to get to know animals that most people think of only as dinner.

I hope that the “Cultural & Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions” project discussed in the article will draw attention to the intelligence, dignity and endearing qualities of chickens that so many of us who keep chickens recognize. The interaction between people and chickens in a sanctuary setting is an illuminating experience that those who study such relationships need to know and to share in their published accounts.

Karen Davis Machipongo, Va.

The writer is president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization.


chicken tracks in the snow
“My name is Gabby. I’m a UPC sanctuary resident and I approve this message!”
Photo by Karen Davis, Jan. 22, 2016


chicken tracks in the snow Photo by Karen Davis, Jan. 22, 2016


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