United Poultry Concerns Celebrates International Respect for Chickens Day, May 4

May is International Respect for Chickens Month

Apr 29, 2008, 01:00 ET from United Poultry Concerns

    MACHIPONGO, Va., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International
 Respect for Chickens Day, May 4, celebrates the dignity, beauty and life of
 chickens and protests against the bleakness of their lives in farming
 operations. Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International
 Respect for Chickens Day traces to famed star of The Simpsons, Harry
 Shearer, who proclaimed Sunday, May 14, 2000 -- Mother's Day -- National
 Respect the Chicken Day to honor the devotion of mother hens to their
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080429/DC20730 )
     In Letters from an American Farmer, historian St. John de Crevecoeur
 wrote, in 1782, "I never see an egg brought to my table but I feel
 penetrated with the wonderful change it would have undergone but for my
 gluttony; it might have been a gentle, useful hen leading her chickens with
 a care and vigilance which speaks shame to many women. A cock perhaps,
 arrayed with the most majestic plumes, tender to his mate, bold,
 courageous, endowed with an astonishing instinct, with thoughts, with
 memory, and every distinguishing characteristic of the reason of man."
     United Poultry Concerns urges people to do an ACTION for chickens on or
 around May 4 -- leafleting on a busy street corner, tabling, writing a
 letter to the editor, holding an office party or classroom celebration,
 showing the movie Chicken Run, or simply talking to people about the plight
 and delight of chickens.
     In honor of the event, Minneapolis-based Chicken Run Rescue is holding
 its Third Annual Chicken Calendar Photo Contest to capture the beauty of
 chickens in a photograph
 (www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/photos08/index.php?x=about). Other
 activities are being held in places that include Orange County, Ca.,
 Tucson, Az., Oak Park, Il., Almo, Ky., and Philadelphia, Pa. In Washington,
 DC, United Poultry Concerns has placed a colorful month-long ad in 220
 Metrorail Cars showing a man expressing compassion for a rooster
     On Sunday afternoon, May 4, UPC will hold a demonstration for chickens
 near the American History Museum on the National Mall, and on Thursday
 afternoon, May 8, UPC will leaflet people on the Lafayette Park sidewalk
 across from the White House, urging everyone to "Show Compassion and Stick
 Up For Chickens!"
     United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
 compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. On the Web at
     Contact Information
     Karen Davis: Karen@upc-online.org

SOURCE United Poultry Concerns