FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2000
|| Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875 |
UNITED POULTRY CONCERNS NUKES CHICKEN NUGGETS EXHIBIT
Gallery Cancels "Monsterpieces of Chicken" Art Show
Instead of Co-Host, Actor Danny Glover a "No Show"
Machipongo, VA - United Poultry Concerns upset plans by Perdue
Farms of Salisbury, Maryland 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 three
and twelve for drawing pictures of chicken nuggets to assist a
Perdue marketing scheme. Film star Danny Glover was slated as co-
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," The New York Times, Dec. 21, 1999).
United Poultry Concerns' supporters blitzed celebrity actor Danny
Glover with phone messages, faxes, and letters urging him to
divorce himself from Perdue and the poultry industry. We urged
him not to defile himself by affiliating with a company and an
industry famous for cruelty, violence, corruption, pollution, and
dishonorable business practices. One educator wrote to him, "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
Although to date Danny Glover has declined to comment, we are
pleased to announce that Mr. Glover was, in effect, a No Show.
"We view this victory as an episode of 'Misery,'" says Karen
Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns. "The monsters appear
to be dead, but then they rise up and grab your ankle, so you
have to keep fighting until they are totally slain."