Rejecting Michael Pollan: UPC Letter Published in July SMITHSONIAN on Behalf of Chickens
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10 July 2013
Rejecting Michael Pollan: UPC Letter Published in July SMITHSONIAN on Behalf of
From the Editors of Smithsonian Magazine, July 2013
The food issues largest response was provoked by Michael Pollans comment in
 The American Table , his dinner conversation with Ruth Reichl, in which he
says that chickens are nasty and stupid. Joyce Janicki of St. Clair Shores,
Michigan, differs: I find them to be full of wonderful personality, attentive,
curious and intelligent. Please lets not let this be the final word on
UPC PRESIDENT KAREN DAVISS PUBLISHED LETTER: Food and Friends
Chickens bred for the meat industry are not stupid and nasty. These birds have
been bred to be too heavy to run or fly, as their wild relatives do. This
doesnt mean that they are unintelligent or mean, but that people have
incapacitated the birds natural physical abilities and frustrated their
instincts. Even if chickens manipulated for meat production were stupid, blaming
them for their defenseless predicament is cruel.
United Poultry Concerns
Heres the letter as originally submitted:
To The Editor:
Re: Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl Hash out the Food Revolution, June 2013
Chickens bred for the meat industry are not stupid and nasty, as Michael Pollan
claims. These birds have been bred to be too heavy to be able to run fast, far,
or at all, or to be able to fly into trees to escape predators, like their wild
relatives do. This doesn't mean they are unintelligent or mean but that humans
have incapacitated their natural physical abilities and frustrated their
instincts and desires. They suffer from the dysfunctional bodies they are
Even if chickens manipulated for meat production against their will were stupid,
blaming them for their defenseless predicament is cruel.
I have rescued hundreds of these chickens and I assure you the mental problem is
not in the chickens but in the human beings who have pitilessly harmed them
genetically, then lied about them and blamed them for the suffering we have
Karen Davis, PhD, President, United Poultry Concerns
To learn more about chickens in the chicken industry, and why we MUST speak up
for them, see Karen Daviss article in Free from Harm.
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
Don't just switch from beef to chicken. Go Vegan.
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