Can I get a cluck, cluck?

May 4th, 2007 3:13 pm by Kelly Garbato

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, after all.

According to United Poultry Concerns, “International Respect for Chickens Day is a day to celebrate the dignity, beauty, and life of chickens and to protest against the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.”

In this vein, here’s how some vegans and chicken huggers are marking the holiday this year:

“I’m planning to leaflet at an outdoor concert.” – Laura Mungavin, Atlanta, Ga.

“I’m doing a display at my work place.” – Michele Walsh, Saxonburg, Pa.

“I printed fact sheets off your website and am assembling them into packets to distribute at my office.” – Chalon Carroll Young, Esq. Kissimmee, Fla.

“I’m president of a student group at Princeton University and we’re setting up a table and posting flyers.” – Jenny Palmer, Princeton, NJ.

“I’m the teacher-librarian at a big high school and we’re putting up posters to celebrate this great day.” – Patti Healey, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We’re asking you to capture the beauty, joy, intelligence, dignity, agility and zany exuberance of your chickens for our 2nd annual Chicken Calendar photo contest.” – Mary Britton Clouse, Chicken Run Rescue, Minneapolis, Minn.

“We have two groups of a total of 100 6th graders coming for a tour on May 4 and we plan to celebrate with them.” – Terry Cummings, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poolesville, Md.

“We’re leafleting in front of the White House and in Takoma Park, Md around Roscoe the Rooster’s Memorial Statue.” – Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns, Machipongo, Va.

Another idea: why not enter the 2007 Chicken Run Rescue Photo Contest?

Please join Chicken Run Rescue and United Poultry Concerns in recognizing May as International Respect for Chickens Month. We invite you to capture the beauty, joy, intelligence, dignity, agility and zany exuberance of your birds in a photograph.

Twelve winning photos will be published in a calendar and winners will receive a free calendar. The 2006 contest was a smashing success with 70 entries from all over the country and even Indonesia. During the month of May 2006, the site was accessed over 10,000 times by over 1,500 unique visitors.

All of the proceeds of the calendar sales will enable us to continue to help chickens for another year. Chicken Run Rescue receives no support from any other organizations, institutions or agencies. Chicken Run Rescue is the only urban based chicken rescue and adoption organization of its kind. […]

Photograph everyday activities that are natural for your bird- no costumes, staged stunts or props. CRR reserves the right to decline any images that conflict with our mission to promote the adoption of chickens as companion animals and discourage breeding or buying. There are never enough homes for displaced animals.

Submission Deadline: May 15

Contest rules and additional information is available here.

To find out what’s happening in the world of poultry, visit http://www.upc-online.org.

Photo via jeckman

Hugs and kisses to all the cluckers out there!

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