Contact: Karen Davis
United Poultry Concerns, 301-948-2406
Date: Saturday, May 6, 1995
Place: Boston Chicken and Chicken Out Restaurants
Bethesda Avenue & Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD
(Turn right onto Bethesda Ave. going South on Rt. 355)
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM
On Saturday, May 6, 1995, from 1 to 3 PM, United Poultry Concerns will hold the Fifth Annual Spring Mourning Vigil for Chickens in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Our purpose is to draw public attention to the billions of chickens slaughtered for human consumption in the United States and worldwide, and to urge people: "Don't Just Switch from Beef to Chicken--get the slaughterhouse out of your kitchen!"
The cruelty of chicken slaughter has increased in recent years because younger and heavier birds with extremely fragile capillaries are now being killed for fast-food and rotisserie restaurants like Boston Chicken and Chicken Out, resulting in massive hemorrhage under an electric current. Partly because chickens are excluded from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, 30 million birds each day in the U.S. endure horrendous pain in being subjected to the technology that is used to fast-track their bodies to consumers' plates.
No matter what the poultry industry says, chicken is not a healthy or a happy choice. The birds go to slaughter loaded with pathogens. They are subjected to cruelty from the hatchery to the slaughterhouse. Their flesh tells a tale that consumers understandably respond to by saying, "Oh please. Don't Tell me about it."
The purpose of the Vigil is to tell people about it and to encourage everyone to switch to vegetarianism by offering them delicious "chickenless" chicken food samples and free recipes and by selling our no-turning-back cookbook, Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless "Poultry" Potpourri.
Please join the growing number of people who have come to see with the man who discovered with horror, "Chicken bones! For the first time I wholly grasped that these wings were, in fact, really wings, dead wings resting in a basket."
Please Join Us in Showing the World People Care About Chickens!