International Respect for Chickens Day Reaches Thousands of People

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We have seen a steady increase in the respectful treatment of chickens since we started in 1990.” –UPC President Karen Davis quoted in “Respect for Chickens: Making a Day of It” by Dana Parsons, Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition, April 28, 2006

International Respect for Chickens Day May 4 is an annual project created by United Poultry Concerns in 2005 to celebrate the dignity, beauty and life of chickens and to protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. This year, Respect for Chickens Day brought newspaper coverage, radio interviews, and special actions by individuals and groups that helped spread the word about chickens, as in these highlights for which we thank everyone who joined us in making a better life for chickens. Please start thinking now about what you can do next year on May 4th. Meanwhile, please make every day Respect for Chickens Day. 

Highlights from 2006

“On May 4, celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day, an event organized by United Poultry Concerns to take action for the most abused animal on the planet.” – Nadine Newlight, Letter to the Editor, The Maui News (HI), May 2, 2006

“For Respect for Chickens Day, United Poultry Concerns is encouraging educators, students, office workers and activists to do an action for chickens – everything from showing the movie Chicken Run to setting up a school library display to passing out leaflets on a busy street corner.” – “Fowl is fair: The bird is the word on this day,” Orlando Sentinel, May 3, 2006

“Outside Washington [DC], according to U.S. Newswire, an animal sanctuary plans to celebrate the day by having visiting students discuss ‘What Wings Are For,’ inspired by UPC’s poster showing a mother hen with her chick tucked under her wing.” –  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 3, 2006

“It was great! We were on the radio for half an hour getting out all kinds of information about how intelligent and social chickens are, and how they suffer in food production.” Debra Probert, Executive Director, Vancouver Humane Society, British Columbia

“I sent International Respect for Chickens Day information to all the chicken webcams and the good news is I had a positive response.” – Beckie Hall

“We distributed your pamphlets and it was very fulfilling getting the information out. Yes, having an international day for respecting chickens is a wonderful ‘in.’” – Jill Doornick, Animal Nation, Rye, New York