Farmed Animal Activist Mary Finelli Joins UPC Staff

Mary Finelli
Photo by: Erin Rogers, Eastern Shore Post
Mary Finelli holds a dead chicken at UPC Rally against Perdue in Eastville, Virginia, June 28, 1999

United Poultry Concerns is pleased to welcome Mary Finelli to a key position on our staff as Assistant to the President. Mary, a longtime vegan activist with a degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, served from 1992 to 1999 as a researcher in the Farm Animal and Sustainable Agriculture division of The Humane Society of the United States. From 2001-2004, Mary was the first and scrupulous Editor of the online news digest reporting on farmed animal issues, Farmed Animal Watch, and during these years she served indispensably as a consultant and researcher for United Poultry Concerns as well as representing UPC at numerous poultry industry-government conferences and science teachers conventions, giving workshops and speaking out for the birds often as the lone voice of “counterintelligence” at poultry, egg, and slaughter industry meetings. In 2004, Mary gave a presentation at our Forum on Mad Cows to Mad Chickens on “Are There Humane Production Alternatives to Animal Factories?”

Mary’s skill at conducting research on the Internet has put her in demand by the farmed animal advocacy community including writers. She provided me with invaluable information for my book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, and in 2005 she co-authored (with Jim Mason) and updated the chapter “Brave New Farm” in In Defense of Animals, The Second Wave, ed. by Peter Singer (2006). In addition to assisting me with student-requested online interviews about chickens, the poultry industry, and similar assignments, Mary maintains our membership database and handles much of our correspondence and office management. Most importantly, Mary is an expert on the poultry industry who “learned the trade” in the trenches of the animal science department at the University of Maryland, where she was an initial member of the Animal Rights student organization that I founded there in 1989. Mary continues to dig deep into recesses of critical information about the treatment of “poultry” and other farmed animals while exemplifying and promoting a vegan lifestyle. We’re delighted to introduce Mary Finelli to our readers and to have her with us.
– UPC President-Editor Karen Davis