United Poultry Concerns upset plans by Perdue Farms of Salisbury,
Md to hold a "Masterpieces in Chicken" children's art show on
January 12th in New York City. The show would have awarded prizes
to children between the ages of 3 and 12 for drawing pictures of
chicken nuggets to assist a Perdue marketing scheme. Film star
Danny Glover was slated as co-host.
United Poultry Concerns launched a nationwide campaign to stop
the show, which led the David Beitzel Gallery in New York City to
cancel the event. Gallery owner David Beitzel told The New York
Times, United Poultry Concerns "caused such a ruckus" that he
"put an end to it" (James Barron, "They Say Perdue is Bad to the
Bone," NYT, Dec. 21, 1999).
UPC members blitzed actor Danny Glover with messages urging him
to divorce himself from Perdue and the poultry industry. Wrote
one member, "At the very least, it is in very poor taste to
encourage children to create images of animals who are being
slaughtered. This is the Perdue legacy. Our legacy to the young
should rise far above this."
More on "nuggets," chicken suffering, and child abuse
Feb. 2000 - School children in [at least] 31 states are being fed
chicken nuggets made from diseased birds, according to federal
food-safety inspectors in Alabama. Gold Kist's inspector Ellen
Dingler said, "The skin's got sores and bruises and things on it.
I won't eat a chicken nugget or a pressed patty or anything
because of that--because that skin is mixed in with it, and it's
Other inspectors described chickens with tumors or coated
with pus [later hidden beneath barbecue sauce, crunchies, and
grease] knowingly turned into nuggets or other products. John
McCutchen, who oversees the US Agriculture Department's food-
safety inspectors, said nuggets and patties are approved even
though [at least] half the bodies have sores, scabs, or infection
[meaning the birds suffered, were sick, and were physically
abused]. "If the question is, 'Are birds with sores and scabs
being passed and getting the mark of inspection,' the answer is
yes," McCutchen said, adding that even with "100 percent
inspection," diseased birds would still be sold.
"Don't Just Switch from Beef to Chicken: Get the
Slaughterhouse Out of Your Kitchen,"
and remember, child care
begins at breakfast.