In another example of the “alternative press” featuring the nanny culture, the latest issue of the Philadelphia City Paper story features a story entitled “Lucky Lily,” in which Roberta Spivek tells the tale of a baby chick that she rescued from a tree branch and nursed back to health. Along the way she turns this compassionate episode into a slam on poultry and other meats, complete with quotes from Karen Davis, the “chicken lady” who runs United Poultry Concerns (UPC), a radical animal “rights” group in Virginia. Davis and Spivek take turns moralizing about the “horrors of tormented hens,” at one point declaring the poultry industry the moral equivalent of the African AIDS epidemic.

The chicken lovers at UPC are always looking to be a thorn in the side of the poultry industry, so it was no surprise when we learned that the group would be protesting outside a speech to be given next week by Jim Perdue. The food executive has been invited to address a dinner honoring “family firms” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School on May 23. What piqued our interest, though, was an “action alert” from UPC announcing that the planned protest will be led by none other than Roberta Spivek. Hmmm….