UPC President Karen Davis has a letter in today’s Columbus Dispatch in response to Columbus’ assault-weapons ban, which led the National Rifle Association to announce that the NRA was pulling its convention from the city. According to an article in The Columbus Dispatch ("Officials suggest gun advocates never planned to convene in the city" by Jodi Andes, July 19, 2005), city officials said the NRA’s announcement "won’t change the city’s policy."
The contract mentioned in Karen’s letter below refers to UPC’s contract with the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, in Columbus, where we will hold our 6th annual Forum on Saturday & Sunday, April 15-16, 2006, on "Using the Media Effectively to Promote Farmed Animal Issues and Vegetarianism." An announcement of our forum will be posted shortly. Here’s the letter:
Columbus stood up to special interests
Sunday, July 31, 2005
I think Columbus is a great place to hold a conference. I appreciate the fact that your city cares enough about the safety of its citizens, its law officers, and those who visit, to stick to its guns (the non-assault variety). For this reason, I’ve just signed a contract to bring my organization to the town that says, "We’ve got the welcome mat out, not the for-sale sign." Praise to a city that can’t be bought.
President United Poultry Concerns