Annual Report for 1996
United Poultry Concerns holds that the treatment of poultry in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations has a significant effect upon human, nonhuman animal, and environmental welfare. We seek to make the public aware of the ways poultry are treated and to advance the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens and other domestic fowl. We are grateful to our contributors for enabling us to fulfil our mission in 1996.
In 1996, United Poultry Concerns
- Displayed a powerful full-color poster Walking to Freedom After a Year in Cages in 25
Washington DC-area metrorail stations on the abuse of egg-laying hens in the United States,
throughout the month of April.
- Published our revised booklet, Replacing School Hatching Projects: Alternative Resources & How to Order Them. Mailed the booklet to every State School Science Supervisor in the United States and to every Science Curriculum Coordinator in the State of Maryland and District of Columbia. Our display advertisement sequence in the National Science Teachers Association magazine, Science and Children, placed hundreds of these booklets in the hands of teachers throughout the country.
- Published a companion children's storybook, A Home for Henny, by Karen Davis. This book,
which was nominated for the Fund for Animals Children's Book Award, tells the story of a third-grade child's
experience with a classroom chick-hatching project. It illustrates the problems with
school hatching projects while evoking the natural behavior and personality of chickens. Though
technically a work of fiction, A Home for Henny is based on actual events.
- Published our handsome recipe booklet Replacing Eggs.
- Held an exhibit table at the Humane Education Committee of the United Federation of
Teachers Conference in New York City (Oct. 2); National Science Teachers Association
Convention in Atlanta, GA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2); New Jersey Education Association Convention
(Nov, 15); and Elementary School Science Association of New York City Conference (Nov. 16).
UPC president Karen Davis gave workshops and distributed over 2,000 education packets to
teachers and students.
- Presented talks by UPC president Karen Davis at EarthSave Long Island (Jan. 27); Seneca
Valley Unitarian Church in Rockville (Feb. 16); University of Oregon Conference on the
Environment (March 7-9); Summit for the Animals in Hollywood, CA (March 28-30); Borders
Books & Music at White Flint (April 2); Pace Law School, White Plains NY (April 13); VA
Commonwealth University (April 23); National Alliance for Animals World Congress for
Animals & March for Animals, National Capital Center & Washington, DC Mall (June 18-24);
World Farm Animals Day, Washington DC Mall (Oct. 2); University of Wisconsin Conference
on Genetic Engineering (Oct. 12); University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
(Oct. 24); and Wilson High School, Washington, DC (Dec. 3).
- Received major coverage in The Washington City Paper (May 24); News Channel 8 (May 9);
The Potomac Gazette (Sept. 4); The Takoma Voice (Nov. issue); National Public Radio (Nov.
23); and The Washington Post (Nov. 27).
- Held a protest demonstration in Mt. Airy, MD, against the slaughtering of emus; hosted our
Sixth Annual Spring Mourning Vigil for Chickens in Washington, DC, where we distributed to
hundreds of people our recipe booklet, Replacing Eggs; protested the slaughter of turkeys at
Maple Lawn Farms (The Washington Post Nov. 27).
- Hosted our 6th annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving potluck dinner, free and open to the public, at
our home in Germantown, Maryland. Hundreds of Washington DC Metropolitan residents
attended in response to feature stories about our annual dinner in The Washington Times (Nov.
20), The Montgomery Journal (Nov. 20), Takoma Voice, and on National Public Radio (Nov.
- Published Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry
Industry, written by UPC president Karen Davis (The Book Publishing Company). Acclaimed
by Publishers Weekly as a "thoroughly researched analysis of . . . factory-farmed chickens."
- Alerted our members to the threat to the Swedish law requiring the banning of battery cages for
egg-laying hens in Sweden in 1999; raised money enabling the law firm of Miller & Miller to
file a lawsuit against live animal markets in San Francisco; advanced our campaign to ban the
"turkey olympics" in New Preston, CT; successfully campaigned to get British Airways to stop
serving ostrich to passengers. British Airways announced withdrawal of ostrich in October.
- Published letters-to-editors on cruelty to animals, environmentalism, food choice, factory
farming, battery cages, cockfighting, ostrich & emu slaughter, and school hatching programs in
The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, LA Weekly, The New York Times, The Hartford
Courant, Potomac Almanac, and many other newspapers around the country. Karen Davis's op-ed articles on
replacing school hatching projects (March) and on the commercial abuse of turkeys
(Nov.) were published nationally through the Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service.
- Offered a variety of educational materials including our quarterly Newsletter PoultryPress,
brochures, fact sheets, handouts, books, booklets, posters, T-shirts, and videos; donated
materials to high schools and colleges at the request of students, teachers and libraries
throughout North America.
In 1996, United Poultry Concerns was listed in the 15th Edition (1997) of The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons: An Encyclopedia of Sources, Broadcast Interview Source, 1995; and the 1996-1997 National Press Club of Washington Directory.
United Poultry Concerns maintains a permanent chicken sanctuary at our location at 14331 Poplar Hill Road, Germantown, MD 20874. In 1996, we permanently adopted many sick, abandoned, unwanted, and abused chickens from the Washington Humane Society, Montgomery County Humane Society, Charles County Humane Society, and area schools and residents. We responded swiftly to requests to find homes for chickens around the country. In November we rescued a wild turkey trapped in suburban home in Silver Spring, Maryland. United Poultry Concerns provides an ongoing adoption, placement, and referral service for domestic fowl. We provide full veterinary care and treatment for all of our rescued sanctuary chickens.
All this and much more was accomplished with your generous help in 1996. From all of us here at United Poultry Concerns, we thank you for your gracious and continuing support.