Un-Cooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken
National Museum of Animals & Society Launches Online Chicken Exhibit
“We are so honored to be able to share UPC’s many accomplishments through this exhibit and to preserve these historically significant
– Abbie Rogers, Curator
United Poultry Concerns is pleased to announce the eagerly-awaited exhibit “Un-Cooped.” The exhibit, which opened in May, features a wealth of
historical and contemporary documents about chicken-human relationships and about chickens themselves.
Gathered in this permanent digital collection are photographs, illustrations, paintings, essays, interviews, videos, and campaign materials capturing the
many ways in which chickens have been perceived and treated by humans, how they have suffered and died and recovered and rejoiced and been loved,
cherished, honored, tortured, murdered, maligned and advocated for from past to present.
United Poultry Concerns is an Underwriter Sponsor of Un-Cooped and a major contributor in the form of essays, a filmed interview with UPC President Karen
Davis, visual images, campaign materials and artifacts donated to the NMAS Permanent Collection.
Un-Cooped debuted in May to coincide with United Poultry Concerns’ International Respect for Chickens Day May 4/Month of May celebration of chickens.
Announcing the Grand Opening of Un-Cooped, Museum Founder & Executive Director, Carolyn Marino Mullin, stated, “Chickens are among the most
abused and under-appreciated species in the world. We think it is important to show people the ways we as a culture view and treat chickens and to
introduce them to chickens as individuals with their own wants, needs and interests.”
Un-Cooped includes “dozens of museum artifacts from the museum’s collection, including postcards, advertisements, industry implements, and
materials from chicken protection campaigns. The ‘chicken portrait gallery’ section invites visitors to ‘meet’ 150 chickens as
individuals through the words and lenses of their caretakers.”
The National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) is the first institution of its kind exclusively dedicated to enriching the lives of animals –
human and nonhuman – by exploring our shared experience. NMAS, PO Box 26483, Los Angeles, CA 90026. To view Un-Cooped, go to
www.museumofanimals.org or www.uncooped.org.
Photo by Liqin Cao
NMAS curator Abbie Rogers and UPC president Karen Davis stand together for chickens
at the Vegetarian Summerfest, University of Pittsburgh, Johnston, PA, July 5, 2013.