Annual Report for 1995
To Our Members,
On behalf of United Poultry Concerns, I would like to thank each and every one of you very much for your tremendous support for our dedicated effort to establish more humane treatment of poultry and a healthier lifestyle in 1995. Thanks to your support in 1995, UPC:
- Hosted our powerful Fifth Annual Spring Mourning Vigil for
Chickens in May in Bethesda MD to draw attention to the suffering
of the millions of chickens slaughtered for the rotisserie trade
at Boston Market and Chicken Out restaurants.
- Launched our international campaign to ban the Rooster Pull, a
violent dismemberment sport in New Mexico in which live roosters
are torn apart by men on horses. To draw public attention, UPC
activists leafleted moviegoers in 7 major U.S. cities at the
opening of Walt Disney's Pocahontas. This led to the article in
The New York Times, June 24th, "In New Mexico, an Ancient Rite or
a Blood Sport?" In response to our protest, the New Mexico
Tourism Department announced it would remove all listings of
rooster pulls from future editions of the New Mexico Vacation
- Rescued sixteen injured chickens from a major truck accident in
Virginia in which thousands of chickens overturned on Interstate
95 on August 24th. Our swift and compassionate activism drew
sympathetic coverage from The Washington Post, CBS Nightly News,
and News Channel 8. The saved chickens were given prompt
veterinary care and became permanent residents of our chicken
sanctuary in Seneca MD.
- Published and distributed to teachers across the country over
2,500 UPC booklet catalogs REPLACING SCHOOL HATCHING PROJECTS:
Alternative Resources & How to Order Them. We sent complimentary
copies of our booklet to every County Science Coordinator in the
State of Maryland and to every State Science Supervisor in the
- Held a 3-day exhibit at the National Science Teachers
Association Convention in Baltimore MD where we distributed over
1,000 school hatching alternatives booklets and other educational
materials to participating teachers.
- Sponsored our hugely successful Thanksgiving vegetarian dinner
in Frederick MD. Our dinner received rave reviews in Frederick-
- Held a gala book-signing presentation in November on vegetarian
alternatives to turkey at Borders Books & Music in Rockville MD.
It featured a gourmet table, video showing, and UPC's highly
popular cookbook Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A
Poultryless "Poultry" Potpourri.
- Attended the First North American Poultry Welfare Symposium in
Alberta Canada in August, resulting in our campaign against the
use of nasal implants in young male chickens used for breeding.
- Distributed 10.000 UPC brochures, Nowhere to Hide, at the
California State Fair, August 18-September 4th, in Sacramento,
protesting the ostrich and emu trade in which birds are plucked
alive before slaughter.
- Successfully picketed the annual Maryland Gamefowl Breeders
Association Crabfeast in August in Baltimore MD. The excellent
coverage in The Baltimore Sun emphasized the fact that
cockfighting is not only cruel but illegal in the State of
- Halted an American Honda ad which suggested that a Honda Prelude
may be used to run over chickens. Responding to our massive
letter-writing campaign, Honda announced: "We have taken
immediate steps to stop circulation of the ad."
- Displayed a giant Metrorail poster throughout the month of
September in 25 Metrorail stations in Washington, DC, Northern
Virginia, and Montgomery County MD. The Call of the Wild is in
His Heart Too! informed thousands of Washington area commuters
and out-of-town visitors that chickens are excluded from any form
of welfare protection in the United States.
- All this and much more was accomplished with your help in 1995.
From all of us here at United Poultry Concerns, we thank you for