May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day! Created by United Poultry Concerns (UPC), an activist group and sanctuary for chickens and other birds used for food, Respect for Chickens Day is the perfect time to educate others about these much under-appreciated birds.
Photo by Susan Rayfield, United Poultry Concerns
Despite their reputation, chickens are clever, social birds. They have self-awareness and the capacity to feel and suffer. And like other animals, they are exploited in many ways:
• Over 9 billion are killed for food every year.
• Used to study cancer, vision, and embryonic development, as well as to produce vaccines and antibodies.
• Agriculture research on breeding and genetics.
• Environmental toxicity testing.
• Chick hatching exercises.
We love UPC’s webpage on School Hatching Projects which has great resources for educators, parents, and advocates to help teach kids about chickens with respect. Check it out!