News Release: Chickens Will Not Be Slaugh tered for “Art” in Lawrence, Kansas. Activi sts Celebrate the Good News
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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
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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