Even casual observers of current events are aware that a murderous gunman has been terrorizing the national capital area during recent weeks. As of this writing, the sniper has killed nine people and wounded two others.

So it’s both ironic and disturbing that United Poultry Concerns (UPC), an extreme animal rights group, held a “mourning vigil” last night and this afternoon in Washington, DC — for dead poultry.

UPC has a history of ignoring the “plight” of people, in pursuit of its radical animal agenda. Karen Davis, the group’s president, wrote earlier this year that “it is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day.”

Davis’ current tasteless protest was supposedly held to “draw attention to the plight of chickens,” at a time when many Washingtonians are scared to go shopping or pump their own gasoline.