United Poultry Concerns
Promoting the compassionate and respectful
treatment of domestic fowl

PO Box 150 • Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(757) 678-7875 • FAX (757) 678-5070

14 December 2002
Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875
Good News for Turkeys and Ostriches
Turkey Race Cancelled in England, Ostrich Race
Cancelled in Spain, Due to Protests
"These sensitive birds can become easily frightened and injured with so many strikes against them imposed by thoughtless people, of which these proposed 'races' are prime examples."
-- United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis, PhD

A turkey race proposed by an Internet betting company to be held at a greyhound stadium in South London, on December 20th, was cancelled in response to overwhelming protests by animal advocates in the US, UK, and elsewhere. The company, Blue Square, announced its decision to drop the race confronted by "the fact that people do not perceive it" as humane. An RSPCA spokesperson said the race "adds insult to an already abused animal." United Poultry Concerns joined the RSPCA and Farmed Animal Action to urge that the race be cancelled. A similar victory was celebrated in October when a proposed use of ostriches to run with bulls through the streets of Fuengirola, Spain was cancelled by the Mayor "as a result of complaints received by animal rights groups and individuals."

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. We join with other organizations and individuals to support Clean Fun, Not Mean Fun. For more information visit www.UPC-online.org

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