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19734News Release: Chickens Will Not Be Slaugh tered for “Art” in Lawrence, Kansas. Activi sts Celebrate the Good News

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    Mar 1, 2012
      United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org
      1 March 2012 Contact: Karen Davis 757-678-7875. karen@...

      Chickens Will Not Be Slaughtered for "Art" in
      Lawrence, Kansas. Activists Celebrate the Good News

      Machipongo, Va.-March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - United Poultry Concerns is pleased
      that a plan to display and slaughter chickens as an "art" project in Lawrence,
      Kansas has been cancelled.

      In "The Story of Chickens: A Revolution," Amber Hansen, an artist-in-residence
      at the University of Kansas, planned to cart five chickens, housed in a nomadic
      coop, through the city of Lawrence in April. The chickens would be wheeled to
      various locations until April 21 when they would be slaughtered in a public
      ceremony in Lawrence. The exhibition was supposed to stimulate public
      discussion over food and farming.

      However, animal activists in Lawrence alerted the City Attorney's Office, which
      informed Hansen that her plan to transport and kill the chickens was illegal
      within city limits. The City Code prohibits willfully or maliciously killing
      any domestic animal.

      Determination to stop the slaughter began on Feb. 8 when United Poultry
      Concerns and Animal Outreach of Kansas launched an Internet campaign igniting
      animal activists, artists, scholars, and concerned citizens in Lawrence and
      around the world to protest to the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art
      and related institutions that supported the project.

      Renowned visual artist Sue Coe, author of Dead Meat and Cruel, was joined by
      professor of art history at Northwestern University, Stephen Eisenman; Justice
      for Animals Arts Guild founder Mary Britton Clouse; and University of Kansas
      professor Elizabeth Schultz in an outcry of opposition to the project arguing
      that it was cruel, inartistic, and not "revolutionary" at all but an act of
      conventional violence to defenseless animals. Protecting chickens instead of
      hurting them is the revolutionary action, protesters said.

      In an article in yesterday's Kansas City Star, Animal activists celebrate as
      Lawrence blocks chicken art project
      United Poultry Concerns president Karen
      Davis said: "We feel this project and our response to it has helped Amber even
      though the original project has been blocked. We also feel that she has been
      introduced to a sensibility about animals that maybe she hadn't been exposed to

      The Kansas City Star noted that when it first reported on the project on Feb.
      18, "a barrage of criticism was already beginning to reach the city."

      Following a meeting with Amber on Feb. 27, Kansas activist Judy Carman and
      University of Kansas professor Elizabeth Schultz confirmed there would be no
      chickens on display in public and no chickens publicly slaughtered as planned.
      The closing ceremony on April 21 will include at least one vegan dish, and
      Amber has invited Judy and Elizabeth to be among the speakers at the event.

      United Poultry Concerns and Animal Outreach of Kansas will continue working
      with allies in the arts to implement a local and national "No Animals in the
      Arts" policy as has been implemented by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and
      the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

      UPC president Karen Davis told The Kansas City Star: "We do not believe that
      live animals should be treated as museum specimens or be art objects and we
      certainly don't consider the slaughter of animals to be artistic."

      United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
      compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. www.upc-online.org.

      SOURCE: United Poultry Concerns

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