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Praise the Egg! - A Musical by Mary Gage Celebrates the Life of Chickens

United Poultry Concerns
29 March 2010

Praise the Egg! - A Musical by Mary Gage Celebrates the Life of Chickens.
The Altoona Mirror, March 27, 2010

"Gage received an e-mail informing her that her novel was quoted at a chicken conference at Yale University by Karen Davis, the president of United Poultry Concerns. 'Gage's evocation of the chickens' point of view in their poultry yard struck a deep chord in me,' Davis said."

Read the entire article in the Saturday Altoona Mirror
http://www.altoonam irror.com/ page/content. detail/id/ 528244.html? nav=768

Mary Gage's musical drama about the life of chickens - "Praise the Egg!" - will play this coming Saturday April 3 in two performances: 3pm and 7pm, at The State

Theatre in State College, Pennsylvania (home of Penn State University). We hope to see you there!
http://www.upc- online.org/ alerts/100119pra ise_the_egg_ new_musical. html

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"Cruelty is criminal" - Letter to the Editor in Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post- gazette.com/ pg/10088/ 1046393-110. stm

UPC President Karen Davis' Letter refers to "CMU looks into the case of spray-painted chickens: Woman now caring for 9 hens says they were treated cruelly," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 18, 2010.
http://www.post- gazette.com/ pg/10077/ 1043755-298. stm .

CRUELTY IS CRIMINAL

Under the Pennsylvania animal cruelty law 5511(b), a person commits a summary

offense if he colors, stains, dyes or otherwise changes the natural color of baby chickens, duckling or other fowl or rabbits. Accordingly, those responsible for spraying paint on the feathers and face of nine or more hens at Carnegie Mellon University should be identified and charged with animal cruelty.

This cruelty should not be treated as a student "prank" and it certainly would not be if instead of chickens the mistreated animals were dogs or cats.

Spray paints are toxic if ingested, and spray paint cans carry warnings about the danger of breathing the vapors from these paints. Spray paint will definitely contribute to eye and respiratory problems in chickens, and spray paint oil is virtually impossible to remove from feathers and skin. Chickens will naturally preen their feathers to try to remove the paint which in turn will lead them to ingest the paint with probable harmful effects.

The people who did this heartless thing to helpless birds should be charged and prosecuted for their criminal activity. In addition, if they are students, they should be significantly punished by Carnegie Mellon University. They should be suspended, expelled and prevented from graduating.

KAREN DAVIS
President
United Poultry Concerns
Machipongo, Va.

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