United Poultry Concers
30 August 2010
For Immediate Release Contact: Jane Cartmill (619) 977-7056
Karen Davis (757) 678-6822
National Poultry Improvement Plan Is a “Cluster-Cluck” Animal Activists Say

In spite of  nationwide concern over the recent massive recall of eggs, no one from the public will be permitted to speak at the USDA’s National Poultry Improvement Plan committee meeting in San Diego (August 31 – September 2, 2010). Therefore, members of United Poultry Concerns and San Diego Animal Advocates will “speak up for chickens” and voice the apprehensions of consumers with demonstrations on each day of the conference. Activists, some dressed in chicken costumes, will display signs and banners, and distribute educational literature to attendees and passersby from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM on August 31, September 1 and September 2 in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego, where the conference will be held.

“The best way to ‘improve poultry’ is to stop raising chickens and turkeys for human consumption,” says Karen Davis, President and founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Citing the current salmonella contamination outbreak, Davis, author of the book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, suggests a simple solution: Go Vegan.

“A vegan lifestyle is healthy for people and kind to animals,” says Davis, who maintains a sanctuary for chickens, turkeys and ducks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Twenty years of experience has taught Davis says that these birds are conscious and emotional beings with adaptable sociability and a range of personalities.

Davis will attend all three days of the conference, and will be available for media interviews. She will host a visual lecture and book signing at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 2 at the Health Sciences Complex, 3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego.

For more information on Karen Davis go to www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm.

San Diego Animal Advocates is an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rights organization founded in 1984, dedicated to the abolition of animal abuse, neglect and exploitation through education, direct action and community outreach.

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