Uncooped, the Book, Now Available from UPC!
Last year, we announced the eagerly-awaited exhibition Uncooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken, produced by the National Museum
of Animals & Society and sponsored by United Poultry Concerns. The exhibit, which opened in May 2013 to coincide with UPC’s annual International
Respect for Chickens Day May 4, features a wealth of historical and contemporary documentation of chicken-human relations available for exploration on
UPC’s webpage Thinking Like a Chicken at
This year, we are proud to announce that Uncooped is now a book that can be ordered directly from United Poultry Concerns. Uncooped
curators L.A. Watson and Abbie Rogers explain in their INTRODUCTION that Uncooped, over two years in the making, was first conceived of and
published as a virtual exhibit for The National Museum of Animals & Society in May 2013. Later reimagined and installed as a physical exhibit for the
grand opening of NMAS in Los Angeles, on January 10, 2014, the exhibit has been adapted for travel to various locations throughout the country and abroad.
“The book you are now holding in your hands,” they explain, “is yet another iteration of Uncooped, and while the information
contained here is only a fraction of that included in the online and physical exhibits, it marks a pivotal moment in the exhibit’s chronology. It
documents the lasting legacy of what we believe is a historically important exhibit, the first to take seriously the complexities of human-chicken
relations, to confront the ethical implications that arise from a paradigm that views chickens as merely a means to an end, and to chart a changing
“The National Museum of Animals & Society graciously thanks United Poultry Concerns for their tireless dedication on behalf of chickens and other
birds in need, ongoing support of the many iterations of the ‘Uncooped’ exhibition, and sincere generosity which has made this book
possible.” Order from UPC by check or Money Order, or by credit card at