United Poultry Concers
16 December 2010
UPC Needs Your Support This Holiday Season

Why Support United Poultry Concerns?

“I just wanted to write and let you know how grateful I am that you are making a voice for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I grew up there and during that time, I rescued many chickens who were dropped on the road by passing Perdue trucks and found my best friends in the hearts and minds of chickens. Any community that is largely based on agriculture is a cruel one, but nothing is as sad as the fate of the birds destined to be raised as ‘broilers.’ Thank you for raising the awareness of a community in great need of education.” – Katie Young, 2010

“UPC’s work for the birds continues to inspire us every day!” – Susan & Jim Hammersley

Holiday Greetings from United Poultry Concerns
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UPC president Karen Davis holds Mavis, a lonely hen who pleaded for love.
Below is her story.

Photo by Sarah Harris
From Our Hearts to Yours
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Katerina and Kaola Gold were rescued from cockfighting
operations to live peacefully at United Poultry Concerns.

Photos by Davida G. Breier 2010
Thank You for Your Support

Dear Friend,

In 2010 we celebrated our 20th year of dedicated activism for chickens, turkeys and other domestic fowl. Our accomplishments are an inspiration to people around the world who care about these birds and want to help them. This year UPC was honored with a tribute from fellow activists and staff “representing the love and admiration we feel for you as we recognize the 20th anniversary of United Poultry Concerns whose passion, animal advocacy and vegan outreach have opened up the hearts and minds of many, and continue to inspire people to seek freedom and rights for domestic fowl. We and our feathered friends say, ‘Thank you very much!’”

Through the years people have asked me, “Are chickens affectionate? Do they need love?”

To answer, let me tell you the story of the beautiful black hen, whom many of you have seen pictured on our donation coupon, named Mavis. Mavis was dropped off at a shelter in Maryland by a man who’d exhibited her at agricultural fairs. She must have spent her whole life immobilized on a cage floor with a keeper who treated her like an object, because for her first two weeks at our sanctuary, Mavis could not stand up, and she was deeply shy and inexpressive. In the chicken yard she sat alone by the fence and poked around by herself without showing or attracting interest. I saw no sign she would ever recover from the emotional deprivation of her previous life.

During this time, we had three adult broiler hens – Bella Mae, Alice, and Florence. They were the opposite of Mavis. All I had to do was crouch down in the yard, and here comes one of my Three Graces, as I called them, Bella Mae for example, bumping up against me with her ample breast for an embrace. Immediately, Alice and Florence would plod over on their heavy feet to participate in the embracement ceremony. Assertively, but without aggression, they would vie with one another, bumping against each other’s chests to maneuver the closest possible contact with me, and I would encircle all three of them with my arms.

One day as we were doing this, I looked up and saw Mavis just a few feet away, staring at us. The next time, the same thing happened. There was Mavis with her melancholy eyes watching me hugging the three white hens. And then it struck me – Mavis wants to be hugged. I withdrew from the hens, walked over and knelt beside Mavis and pulled her gently toward me. It didn’t take much. She rested against me in a completeness of comfort that seemed to include her gratitude that her shy desire had been understood.

United Poultry Concerns provides a permanent home for chickens like Mavis who have suffered. Once adopted into our sanctuary, they live safe in our protective and loving care until they die. We invite people to visit our sanctuary, and for those who can’t, we bring our birds and their experiences to life through our stories of their recovery and happiness at UPC.

Please remember UPC and our birds with your kind holiday gift this year. Every chicken, just like Mavis, wants to be rescued, happy, and loved. Your contributions support our sanctuary and all of our programs and campaigns dedicated to making their wishes come true. On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, thank you for your continuing support in 2011 – our 21st year of promoting the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.

Sincerely, Karen Davis, PhD

President & Founder
United Poultry Concerns

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United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization. Federal ID: 52-1705678. All donations are tax-deductible. A financial statement is available on written request to the Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Our 990 tax forms, Annual Reports & Audits are posted on our website at www.upc-online.org. To view these documents, click on About UPC on our homepage at www.upc-online.org/more_about_upc.html. Thank you.

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