Thursday, May 04, 2006

Happy Bird Day to you!

Ukranian folk art by Zoya PASICHNA, Sign of Morning Dawn

According to The Library of Congress archives website, today is Bird Day! Has been ever since the first Bird Day in 1894!

Not coincidentally, I'm sure, it is also Respect for Chickens Day.
United Poultry Concerns (UPC) announces its second annual International Respect for Chickens Day May 4. The purpose of Respect for Chickens Day is to celebrate the dignity, beauty and life of chickens and to protest against the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.

Oddly, I first heard of this on John Aielli's Eklektikos show on KUT today, and the odd part is not Aielli doing a themed show, that happens pretty much every day, but most of the chicken songs were about disrespecting chickens in the worst way. Birds are wonderful creatures, beautiful, and fascinating. I'm really glad I don't eat them anymore. The thought of red-blooded living things being farmed for harvest is pretty barbaric. And it looks like no amount of paranoia over things like bird flu or mad cow is going to halt the practice anytime soon.

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