FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2000
|| Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875
UNITED POULTRY CONCERNS THANKS THE HUBBARD MUSEUM FOR CANCELLING
CHICKEN ROPING "COMPETITION" IN RESPONSE TO UPC's NATIONWIDE PROTEST
Cowardly "Cowboy" Cruelty Bites the Dust"
Machipongo, VA - United Poultry Concerns is pleased to announce that
The Hubbard Museum of the American West has cancelled the "chicken
roping" that was scheduled for Sunday October 15 at the Ruidoso Downs
race track as part of the 11th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
in New Mexico.
The sordid and pathetic "chicken roping" was to consist of chasing,
lassoing, and binding the head and the feet of hens and roosters for
entertainment. In response to our national Action Alert, people
throughout the United States successfully urged the Museum to drop a
"contest" unworthy of humanity.
United Poultry Concerns wishes to thank everyone who contacted the
Museum to express their objection and to thank The Hubbard Museum of
the American West for responding decisively. "These rituals of
humiliation appeal to a shrinking public," says Karen Davis,
president of United Poultry Concerns, the national animal advocacy
group which led the campaign to stop the roping. "More and more
people find meaning and pleasure in protecting and respecting animals
and in affirming the uniqueness and beauty of life around us. We want
to keep what's valuable in the past but at the same time move on to
uphold and enjoy what's good and right in the present and the future.
Roping chickens doesn't fit that paradigm. We thank the Museum for
canceling the event."