United Poultry Concerns holds that the treatment of chickens
and other domestic fowl in food production, science, education,
entertainment, and human companionship situations has a
significant effect upon human, nonhuman, and environmental
welfare. We seek to make the public aware of the ways poultry are
treated and to advance the compassionate and respectful treatment
of chickens and other domestic fowl. We are grateful to our
members for enabling us to fulfil our mission in 1998.
In 1998, United Poultry Concerns:
Petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to ban the forced molting (intentional
starvation) of hens used for egg production because it is cruel
and it causes disease, in particular Salmonella Enteritidis. The
petition is now pending and we await a decision.
- Placed full-page display ads in DVM News Magazine (Sept
1998) and the ASPCA Animal Watch (Winter 1998) to educate
veterinarians and the public about forced molting and to urge
people to oppose the practice. These ads generated thousands of
letters to the American Veterinary Medical Association, FDA,
USDA, and United Egg Producers.
- Launched a sign-on petition resulting in 10,000 signatures
urging the U.S. egg industry to eliminate forced molting.
- Surveyed egg companies throughout the United States
regarding their use of forced molting and succeeded in obtaining
signed statements from 15 egg company managers acknowledging that
they starve their hens to manipulate egg production.
- Held a successful education table and leafleted thousands
of people at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 13,
bringing animal activism to this event for the first time.
- Held a successful Easter Eggless Extravaganza open to the
public at our sanctuary in Potomac, Maryland on April 11th along
with our 9th annual all-vegetarian Thanksgiving party at our new
location in Machipongo, Virginia on Nov 21st.
- Conducted our 7th annual protest demonstration at the
Delmarva Chicken Festival (Millsboro, Delaware), June 12-13; and
our 8th Annual Spring Mourning Vigil for Chickens in Ocean City,
Maryland, August 15.
- Purchased an 8.26-acre property for our permanent
headquarters and chicken sanctuary in Machipongo, Virginia where
we established residence on September 19th.
- Published our third, revised edition of Replacing School
Hatching Projects: Alternative Resources & How to Order Them.
Distributed 2,500 copies to teacher around the country.
- Presented workshops and held exhibit tables at the Maryland
Association of Science Teachers 1998 Fall Conference in
Frederick, MD Oct 23-24; and the National Science Teachers
Association Convention in Albuquerque, NM Dec 3-5.
- Translated our brochure on Live Poultry Markets into
Spanish and Chinese enabling us to reach thousands of Hispanic
and Chinese-speaking Americans at successful demonstrations in
Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.
- Found a permanent, loving home for Lily, the former
"ticktacktoe" chicken rescued from the Mott Street Arcade in
- Launched a campaign to stop the "Annual Poultry Slam," a
radio show aired nationally in December. On November 22nd, the
producer, Ira Glass, visited UPC's sanctuary for chickens in
response to our invitation to him to meet our birds.
- Persuaded Frying Pan Park, a tourist farm in Fairfax
County, VA to improve its poultry area and to stop debeaking the
birds. Frying Pan Park is where the Thanksgiving turkey,
"pardoned" each year by the U.S. president, goes to live out the
rest of his life. UPC removed two sickly, lice-infested chickens
from the park and placed them permanently in our sanctuary.
- Launched our investigation of the Museum of Science &
Industry in Chicago and confirmed that the museum's hatchery
exhibit chicks are fed to the reptiles at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
UPC president Karen Davis published a letter, "Zoo sore spot," in
the Chicago Tribune on May 4th.
- UPC president Karen Davis gave talks at the North American
Vegetarian Society Summerfest, University of Michigan, Alliance
for Animals in Virginia Conference, University of Central
Florida, Rhode Island Animal Rights Coalition, and the Summit for
the Animals. UPC received news coverage in the Potomac Gazette,
Eastern Shore News, The Scientist, Egg Industry, and other media.
- In 1998, United Poultry Concerns was listed in the 17th
edition of The Yearbook of Experts: Authorities & Spokespersons;
and the National Press Club of Washington Directory.
- United Poultry Concerns maintains a permanent chicken and
duck sanctuary and education center at our headquarters at 12325
Seaside Road, Machipongo, Virginia 23405. In 1998, we adopted
birds from animal shelters in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware,
and from poultry industry sources and school hatching programs in
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington,
DC. United Poultry Concerns provides a full-time adoption,
placement, and referral service, locally and nationally, for
- UPC's website administration office, headed by Franklin
Wade, is located in Bethesda, Maryland. UPC's website address is
From all of us at United Poultry Concerns, thank you for
your continued support.
| United Poultry Concerns
1998 Financial Report
|Revenues || $124,976.00|
|Public Support ||120,202.00|
|Program Services Revenues (Book sales)||876.00|
|Interest on Savings ||1,869.00|
| Revenues from sale of educational materials ||2,029.00|
|Programs and Education || 59,664.00|
| Management and Administration|| 10,515.00|
|Net Assets/Fund Balance ||$118,095.00