United Poultry Concerns
Promoting the compassionate and respectful
treatment of domestic fowl

PO Box 150 • Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(757) 678-7875 • FAX (757) 678-5070

11 August 2003

Karen Davis 757-678-7875
Lynn Halpern 303-642-0414

United Poultry Concerns Will Host a National Forum on Promoting Veganism.
University of Colorado’s Boulder Campus Welcomes Nationally Acclaimed
Animal Rights Activists, August 16-17, in the Events Center

Machipongo, VA – United Poultry Concerns (UPC), a national animal rights organization, will hold its Fourth Annual Forum, this year focusing on how to promote a vegan diet widely and effectively. Though the number of animals suffering on US factory farms is a dismal 10 billion a year, the proliferation of vegetarian products has sparked predictions that this billion-dollar-plus market will grow 100 -125 percent over the next few years. The purpose of our Forum is to boost this market significantly.

Speakers include Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat; Dave Crawford, Co-founder of Rocky Mountain Animal Defence; Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns and author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; Bruce Friedrich, Director of Vegan Outreach for PETA; Pattrice Jones, Co-founder of the Eastern Shore Sanctuary & Education Center and Coordinator of the Global Hunger Alliance; Jack Norris, Co-founder of Vegan Outreach; Lauren Ornelas, US Campaigns Director of Viva!USA; Paul Shapiro, Campaigns Director of Compassion Over Killing; and Zoe Weil, President of the International Institute for Humane Education.

Topics include engaging people at the high school and college levels; unblocking the “blocked vegetarian” inside meateaters; adapting corporate success strategies to vegan campaigns; going global; stressing animal suffering versus human health; and whether activists should support “humane” animal-based diets as a step towards vegetarianism.

Our Forum is designed to hone vegan activist skills, promote discussion, and build confidence in promoting a vegan diet and ethic throughout society and around the world. Two delicious buffet luncheons will be served by world-class chef Lynn Halpern of Boulder. The Forum includes exhibit tables, book signings, talks, food, and open debate.

“For people who want to inspire a revolution in the kitchens, restaurants, and dining halls of America and the world, this is the place to be on August 16 & 17,” says UPC President Karen Davis. “It’s about becoming the best vegan activist you can be.”

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org.