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Action alert! United Poultry Concerns is displeased with the treatment of the duck in Aflac commercials saying it represent ducks in dangerous, unnatural, and degrading situations. The duck wasn’t harmed in the commercial and probably gets a warm bath every night and is the envy of all the other ducks freezing in a pond somewhere, but none of that matters. What matters to these folks is that the commercial implied that the duck fell from a great height.

What about the people who are eating them? Isn’t killing, plucking and consuming a tad more serious than giving the impression that it fell six feet? It may be flightless, but the wings must do something to slow their descent. The Pekin happens to be the most common breed raised for their meat too. I’m inclined to believe most of them would be ecstatic to jump six feet and go on their merry quacking way.

Moreover, I didn’t even know there was a united poultry concern. Is there a united lizard concern or one for chipmunks? Who’s fightin’ for them?


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  1. This is certainly a major concern. But let’s not forget about the Geiko gecko whilst we defend the Aflac duck. That poor gecko has been put in many dangerous situations peddling for the Geiko Nazis. Tomorrow morning when the bloodmongering Geiko headquarters erupt in a glorious flame, I’d just like to say that I will be with my uncle Sid at his nursing home. There will be many witnesses to testify to that effect, too. –The Gecko Liberation Organization

    Comment by Jan on December 16, 2003 @ 5:36 am
  2. I’m going to buy you a Turkeys are too neat to eat! poster for Christmas. M-m-m turkey. Ahem, I mean M-m-m-m tofu-turkey.

    Comment by jason on December 16, 2003 @ 9:01 am
  3. Hee Hee, I went to the UPC site, where they had info on contacting Aflac. So I contacted them, complimenting them on their commercials.

    Comment by Cameron on December 16, 2003 @ 9:56 am
  4. Jason: Hah! That’s a great poster.

    Cameron: Nice work. I happen to enjoy their commercials as well, and I should mention that I have never had the inclination to harm a duck because of them.

    Comment by dan on December 16, 2003 @ 10:02 am
  5. Are they kidding? That is really, really stupid. I think there are a lot of activists out their with way too much time on their hands, desperate for whatever cause they can come up with. Like Pamela Anderson and her “chicken” campaign.

    Comment by carlene on December 16, 2003 @ 12:21 pm
  6. I love the AFLAC duck and all of those commercials
    Leave him alone and let him quack “aflac” all he wants to.

    Comment by Bill on January 24, 2004 @ 7:34 am

    Comment by Sum chic on January 26, 2004 @ 6:04 pm
  8. That it is Sum, that it is.

    Comment by dan on January 26, 2004 @ 6:43 pm
  9. Listen to me carefully; this group is dangerous.

    You know the type,… breaking into laboratories, chaining themselves to doors, trees… “freeing” thousands of birds from an aviary…

    Nutcakes, really.

    I am a member of the Palm Beach County Poultry Fanciers Assocation.

    In English, that means we are a group of people from Palm Beach County, Florida (famous in 2000 for reasons you should know) that like chickens.

    We raise them from hatchlings, bring in professional poultry farmers, professors of animal studies, etc.. before our group, have them speak to us about poultry, caring for them,… we run poultry shows, much like they have shows for dogs and cats…

    We love chickens!

    We care very much for the animals, and give them the best lives we can!

    Most of our members are against ‘dubbing’ and the mutaltive practices done to the birds generally in preparation for fighting — cock fighting.

    Some of our people do, but it’s not out of malice, as some of the procedures have useful purpose. (If you think a cat has claws, go check out chickens)

    Long story short (most of our members enjoy chicken on a plate as well, being sensible, healthy Human beings of varied diet) — this group… out of nowhere United Poultry Concerns… comes out, and petitions the county to curtail our sale of baby chicks at our Poultry tent in the South Florida fair.

    These nutty bastards claimed it was “abusive.”

    We specifically tell people, if you are going to be at the fair for a long time, come back, before you leave, and pick up the chick then.

    Most do. Some insist on having the chick right away.

    A number of chickens never hatch from their’ eggs, in nature. Those that do, if they are not eaten, get sick or hurt… survive for some number of years.

    A few chicks had been found dead, from heat, or other similar stress reasons, around the fair.

    Forgive my appeared “callousness” — but IT HAPPENS.

    Accidents come to chickens, even if cared for well.

    Our group survives off of the revenues generated from the sale of poultry in that yearly fair.

    And they sucessfully petitioned the county to ban sales of poultry until the LAST day of the fair, and the last day ONLY.

    Most people won’t come back just to get a chicken.

    Many young people that do get one have a wonderful experience raising these sweet animals, but given the ‘unique’ nature of the pet, most parents are somewhat averse, at first.

    Making it so much harder to get the chickens, and for us to make a revenue for our pro-poultry group, is a mutual disservice.

    These people, how ever many there are, are crazy.

    They wouldn’t know a broiler from a pullet.

    Most of them are yuppie scum with big hearts and fluff for brains.

    They’ve never met a chicken they didn’t like; trouble is, they’ve never MET ONE.

    I’ve raised chickens since I’ve been 14 years old, and love them dearly.

    They’re delcious. — But I never eat my own stock.

    And even then, I wouldn’t name the broilers or roasters.

    You don’t eat it after naming it.

    But I can’t believe people take it upon themselves to petition against a group they’ve never even attempted to contact or discuss things with.

    Like I said, they probably get together and banter about “it” over a Mocha Latte at Starbucks while wearing their’ turtle-necks and knitted pullovers..

    They haven’t the vaguest conception of what we do there, or what our group is about… and the busy-bodies that they are, come in with the Law behind them to try and put us out of business.

    Some of our memebers are poultry farmers — No! Not Corporate farms! These are the real deal, good people!

    And these are who get attacked by these fools. We are the ones who pay.

    Corporations have PR departments to placate fools like this, and Legal departments to pander to the Government. The farmers and local people have no such resources.

    That’s why they are disappearing.

    And why people are spending the majority of their’ lives on a highway or in an office rather than at home or with their’ families.

    Too many nosy people, too much force where it dosen’t belong… and it is destroying what is left of our social structure.

    No, I am not a bumpkin, nor an uneducated person (albeit I have a tendency to ramble,) I am someone who was minding their’ own civic business when the Law came to bother me.

    And now, for their’ efforts, I’ve found myself active in politics; as a Libertarian.

    An omnivorous, agnostic, Classical Liberal/Paleo-Conservative Libertarian with interests in Furturism and Ancient History/Civilizations.

    But aside from that, someone who loves animals and takes the best care of them you’re likely to see anywhere.

    My chickens are immaculate, strong critters.
    Healthy as little feathered horses.

    And the idea, that… It grieves me to no end that these buffoons think they can speak with a speck of authority…


    You make up your mind.

    Comment by Jeff on February 20, 2004 @ 11:13 pm
  10. Well, I think it’s great that there are people who responsibly raise animals for fun and profit. I have a friend whose family raises chickens. They don’t fly, but they can make a pretty mean wing-powered leap. They like to roost in the trees in the backyard, and they’re suprisingly adept at climbing, though they are a bit ‘chicken’ about the intial leap into the tree. I saw them jump off 6 ft. high surfaces. I’m sure ducks would handle it just as well as the chickens. United Poultry Concerns are obviously loons. No disrespect meant to the actual avian loons, of course.

    Comment by Levi on February 22, 2004 @ 11:30 pm

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