Machipongo, Va - Three U.S. animal rights organizations are urging
the news media to balance chicken industry advertising with positive
stories about chickens during "National Chicken Month." The groups -
United Poultry Concerns (Va), Animal Place (Vacaville, Ca) and the
Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary (Princess Anne, Md) - propose a
counterbalance of features and anecdotes showing the chicken's
intelligence, sensitivity, and vitality.
Earlier this year, the celebrated New York Times writer, William
Grimes, published a wonderful memoir called My Fine Feathered Friend
about Chicken, a hen who magically comes into his life, whom he grew
to cherish--and to lose. He says at the end that he hopes to "wake up
one morning, look out the back window, and see a large feathered form
bustling around the patio, scattering cat food and clucking. . .
. Tell her there's a light in the window and a warm nest at the base
of the pine tree."
Many people share Grimes' strong emotional attachment to a chicken
and have stories to tell about their feathered friends. Here is a
short list of people to contact. We can put you in touch with more:
Karen Davis 757-678-7875
Pattrice Jones 410-651-4934
Kim Sturla 707-449-4814
Cherylynn Costner 310-455-0390
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. For more information visit