Machipongo, VA, USA
- On Sunday, May 4, animal advocates celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day.
Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests the
suffering of chickens in farming, cockfighting, experimental research, hatching projects and other activities that mistreat chickens.
“We urge everyone to do a compassionate ACTION for chickens, on or around May 4,” says Karen Davis, president of United Poultry
Concerns, an organization that promotes compassionate treatment of domestic fowl.
“We invite people to hold an office party or a classroom celebration, leaflet on a busy street corner, write a letter to the editor, do a
radio call-in, table at their local church, shopping mall or community festival,” Davis explains. “A library display, a delicious vegan
open house, an informative blog post, or simply talking to family and friends about the plight – and delight – of chickens and how
people can help them are great ways to help chickens.”
To celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day, United Poultry Concerns is running 35 Bus Tail Posters in San Francisco, 100 King-Size Bus Posters & 200 Rail Headliners in the Nation’s Capital and
will leaflet and talk with visitors at the White House on May 4 from Noon to 3pm about “What Wings are For.”
“Happy chickens are cheerful birds,” says Davis, who maintains a sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
“Chickens love the earth and the sun, yet the majority of chickens are sitting in filthy dark buildings on crippled legs breathing polluted
air. At the slaughter plant chickens are riddled with paralytic electric shocks while fully conscious as described in my book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs. After they are dead, salmonella-infected chickens are soaked in toxic chemicals. Misery is not a health
food – for anyone!”
The entire month of May is International Respect for Chickens Month. For information, contact United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization
that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. http://www.upc-online.org