United Poultry Concerns May, 3 2006

The Maui News (HI) Prints International Respect for Chickens Day Letter

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May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day

Here are a few fascinating facts about one of our most common animals:

They understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation.

They comprehend cause-and-effect relationships and understand that objects still exist even after they are hidden from view. This puts their cognitive abilities above those of small human children.

When in their natural surroundings, not on factory farms, they form complex social hierarchies, also known as pecking orders, in which each individual knows his or her place on the social ladder and remembers the faces and ranks of more than 100 others.

People who have spent time with them know that each one has a different personality that often relates to his or her place in the pecking order. Some are gregarious and fearless, while others are more shy and watchful; some enjoy human company, while others are standoffish, shy or even a bit aggressive.

If you want to help protect these interesting, intelligent, gentle animals from the worst abuses they suffer – being electrocuted, burned to death and crippled –consider reducing the eggs and poultry in your diet.

On May 4, celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day, an event organized by United Poultry Concerns to take action for the most abused animal on the planet.

Nadine Newlight

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