Spring 2008 Poultry Press

Humane Education Committee Brings Teachers & Students Together for Chickens at New York City Conference, Jan. 26

Karen with Flopsie & baby chick
Photo by: Nyree McCray, UFT

“‘Chickens Can Fly’” was a wonderful experience even though it was hard for me to stop crying.” – one teacher’s evaluation of the conference

Chickens Can Fly: Learning About Farmed Animals and Farm Sanctuaries provided a unique opportunity in learning to incorporate creative and interdisciplinary lessons about chickens, and other animals raised on farms, into the curriculum for teachers of grades pre-kindergarten to twelve. Organized by Dr. Sheila Schwartz, head of the Humane Education Committee of the United Federation of Teachers, and a member of United Poultry Concerns’ Board of Advisors, the conference featured UPC President Karen Davis, PhD as the keynote speaker (along with other excellent speakers including Pamela Rice of NYC’s VivaVegie Society*), and included a vegan cooking demonstration by Certified Health Practitioner Sharon Cahr whose recipe booklet “Cluckless Cutlets and More” was passed out free to participants along with an amazing array of books, videos, posters and curriculum guides provided by United Poultry Concerns, Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, and the Humane Education Committee.

Teachers learned how to integrate lessons about chickens and other farmed animals, as well as plant-based meals, into their classroom programs. The luncheon featured delicious soy “chicken” nuggets prepared by the cafeteria. Ta dah!

To learn more about the United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee, click on:http://www.uft.org/member/committees/humane/.

*Pamela Rice, founder of the VivaVegie Society, is the author of the terrifically informative book 101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian published by Lantern Books (To order, call 800.856.8664 or visit lanternbooks.com.) The VivaVegie Society is organizing the First Veggie Pride Parade in America, Sunday May 18 in Greenwich Village, New York City. Procession begins at Noon in the Old Meat District and culminates in Washington Square Park where a festival will take place. For information, call 212.242.0011 or visit www.veggieprideparade.org.

Karen Davis addresses Chickens Can Fly conference
Photo by: Esther Friedman

Spring 2008 Poultry Press