FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 30, 2001
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Karen Davis 757-678-7875|
Pattrice Jones 410-651-4934
Activists Will Protest Salisbury State Honoring Frank Perdue
At Its Diamond Jubilee Gala Saturday Evening, June 2nd
Machipongo, VA & Princess Anne, MD United Poultry Concerns and the Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary will picket and leaflet outside The Commons Building at Salisbury State University in Salisbury Maryland from 5:30 to 7 PM on Saturday evening.
Why protest? Because Frank Perdue is a notorious abuser of animals, exploiter of laborers, and polluter of the environment. Abuses of animals by Perdue operations have been documented by United Poultry Concerns. The Perdue company, now run by Frank's son Jim, has been cited for violations of both labor and environmental laws and regulations. "As a public university, Salisbury State should not honor a man who has hurt the local community so deeply," says Pattrice Jones, codirector of the Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary. "So what if he has given a small proportion of his money away in a manner calculated to glorify himself? The so-called gift does not negate the original theft."
Perdue Farms has fought against having to assume any ethical responsibility towards the communities of the Eastern Shore, the states in which the company operates, its workers, its millions of birds, and the ecosystem as a whole. "In honoring a corporate gift-giver, Salisbury State University should include corporate stewardship and business ethics along with financial criteria," says Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns. "Frank Perdue does not measure up to any worthwhile standard. That is why we are protesting at the Gala on Saturday."
United Poultry Concerns is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization addressing the treatment of domestic fowl in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations. The Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary is a nonprofit animal advocacy organization located in Princess Anne near Salisbury, Maryland.