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Louisiana to Open Chicken Empathy Museum?

Written by PETA | March 11, 2009
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After Pilgrim’s Pride announced that it will be closing its slaughterhouse in Farmerville, Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal immediately put together an emergency task force to strategize a way to stop the plant from closing. We realize that in this unstable economy, losing 1,300 jobs can definitely be scary, so PETA has written to Gov. Jindal with an offer: We’d like to purchase the slaughterhouse and create a chicken empathy museum, which would create jobs and increase tourism in Louisiana.

Of course, the museum would also promote compassion for animals and educate people about the suffering endured by the 9 billion chickens who are killed for food every year. What better job is there for a former factory-farm worker than to educate others about how wonderful chickens really are?

Most people don’t realize that chickens are sensitive animals who are as intelligent as cats, dogs, and even primates. Probably the coolest thing that you didn’t know (but would if you visited our proposed museum) is that mother hens actually cluck to their unborn chicks, who chirp back to their mothers and to one another from within their shells!

Oh, and did I mention that the museum would also include a fancy restaurant with an array of delicious vegetarian options and would offer free plush chickens to all kids under 12? Post a comment to let Gov. Jindal know that you’ll be booking your ticket to Farmerville as soon as the museum is up and running.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • victoria says:

    I think its a great idea 33 I hope the slautter house stays closed

  • windchimer says:

    You do that and I’ll be visiting Louisiana in a cluckclock minute. D

  • vegancoin says:

    “However it would take a super hot vegan to convert me I’m afraid. But what if the meat eater converted teh vegan?” Yeah no doubt. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover i’m afraid. Wrong. There is no conversion once you know the difference between right and wrong.. and are fully aware and conscious of the horrors and unthinkably sadistic torture and cruelty that takes place day in day out on a factory farm. The sheer numbers should shock and alarm you. No fact is you are too chicken to go vegetarian like so many others others whom consider themselves to have a free mind free will and are capable of making responsible choices. Horsefeathers! Fact is you and many others live a life of simplistic greed and synthetic responsibility. Mankind has destroyed this planet this precious ecosphere all for imaginary greed and selfish opportunistic growth. While many do live a bizarre “anything goes” life of pretended luxury materialistic desire and mostly preordained and arrogant choices others are less fortunate. These individuals are in the minority. Other just simply starve to death for various causes. But the point being that factory farming besides being unthinkably cruel sadistic and inhumane is also destroying this planet.

  • Carla says:

    Kurt lol!! More chances then none it wouldn’t be the latter bin there done that. Havn’t changed much since going meat free. It’s more of an ethical thing for me.

  • Kurt K says:

    Carla I’ll be damned. However it would take a super hot vegan to convert me I’m afraid. But what if the meat eater converted teh vegan?

  • vegancoin says:

    “Why does being a vegan define you?” It shows that vegans in general and myself have compassion and can make intelligent rational and ethical choices. It shows i know the difference between right and wrong and that i am a moral human being. it also shows that i refuse to let others do my thinking for me and have a greater respect for the earth and love for all people. It shows that i can live a sustainable cruelty free lifestyle in fact i have to make those choices everyday. “You call others not like you ignorant and need to change to be like you? And I’m the ignorant one?” Most of us have been in your shoes yes it is more fact than fiction. And yes you do need to change inhumane factory farming practices account for the lions share of environmental destruction water usage water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions related to global warming. Google livestocks long shadow And i quote “If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian.”

  • Erca says:

    I’ll drive there. Only 2 hours from home. I would bring all my friends with me. its an excellent idea.

  • Carla says:

    Kurt K posted Mar. 11 4pm As Ingrid president of Peta put it they are up for the challenge. They even encourage their staff to date meat eaters so they can have a hand in coverting them to a healthier diet. Then… next lol!!

  • Hollie Whiting says:

    What a brilliant idea i cannot convey how much i think this is a brilliant idea That opening day would be such a huge landmark im sure one day all slaughterhouses and places of death will be museums. It is just such a great idea! If i won the lottery the UK would be filled with Empathy Museums i

  • Tim says:

    Niki “Why does being a meateater have to define you? Being a meateater stems from ignorance. You don’t have to always BE a meateater it is not WHO you are…you can learn and you can change and vegans who work with you get that.” Why does being a vegan define you? I have found middle ground which means I’m more effective communicating a position then you. You are inflexible to see another point of view. You call others not like you ignorant and need to change to be like you? And I’m the ignorant one? Because of those types of hard stances you and PETA lose credibility.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antione I may misspoken about the salary of the workers. I’m sure they are all paid with hourly wages. I would be willing to bet they make bt $11$12 an hour. But I could be wrong. Just to be clear I wasn’t labeling anybody. I was repeting what I have read many times on this website about the people who eat meat or “meateaters”. Besides you did the same thing. “Being a meat eater stems from ingorance.” What does that mean? I’m ignorant because I eat meat? I was only asking if PETA would hire former workers it was an open ended question becuase I really didn’t know.

  • Monika says:

    Omg! I would definitely plan a trip out to Louisiana! This would be such a ground breaking idea. I hope that something can pull through!

  • Claire Couraud says:

    This idea is amazing! I can’t even express how badly this needs to happen. Kudos peta!

  • Brad says:

    I would go with my family and friends in a heart beat.

  • Genni says:

    That’s a fantastic idea! Perhaps come up with more attractions though so it has more commercial appeal? Haha its not every day someone says “Gee I want to go to the chicken empathy museum” so have some really fun attractions in there. But I think its an amazing idea. Especially where we take a slaughterhouse out of business! I’d definately go! If this works it will definately make my day!

  • Antoine says:

    Why does being a meateater have to define you? Being a meateater stems from ignorance. You don’t have to always BE a meateater it is not WHO you are…you can learn and you can change and vegans who work with you get that. As for the slaughterhouse workers Alcatraz hired former guards to show people around once it became a museum who better than a former slaughterhouse worker to tell people about what really happened in a slaughterhouse? Hopefully one day all slaughterhouses will be museums. In fact once I was tabling for PETA and some ignorant meateater was arguing the facts that PETA expose about the reality of slaughterhouses simply because those facts were from PETA then before I could answer this other gentleman spoke up and said “actually I worked in a slaughterhouse for over 8 years and that is exactly how it is and in fact it is much worse than that.” and then he proceeded to describe it in gruesome detail and basically did my “job” for me. So of course PETA would hire the same people for this museum plus that is what they say in the letter to the Governor and why would they lie? If you had a choice between being a tour guide in a museum a clerk in a gift job in a vegan restaurant OR working killing 30 thousand chickens a day covered from head to toe in blood and putting yourself at risk everyday which job would YOU choose? As for “the same salary” comment what kind of salary do you think slaughterhouse workers make Kurt?

  • Niki says:

    This is an AMAZING idea 3 I love it. I would most definitely visit with my entire family. My friends with Mercy for Animals and Animal Defense League would also probably love to go there. I think it’s a wonderful idea. Chickens are the most amazing beings!

  • Kurt K says:

    Becci I don’t know about that. Correct me if I’m wrong here but is it not a prerequisite that you have to be vegan in order to work for PETA? If it is not there must be alot of tension in that work place. I mean with the names that people on this site call people who do eat meat I just figured meat eaters were enemy number 1. But I can’t back that up.

  • Shireen Hormozdi says:

    Wonderful idea. I would travel there to visit.

  • Becci says:

    Oh my goodness I would so be there and I would spend a ton of money to keep it going. Chicken Museum! Kurt KI’m willing to bet that NONE of the workers are vegan but I guarantee you that wouldn’t stop PETA from hiring them.

  • Aneliese says:

    Great idea! But I hope it won’t be called Chicken Empathy Museum everyone who doesn’t care about animals would just laugh at the name and make fun of it.

  • Chelsea Patterson says:

    This is a phenomenal idea! The thought of losing jobs in this economy is devastating but when an idea is proposed to you that would solve the problem at hand AND save the lives of these amazing creatures AND educate the public please don’t turn it down. I hope that this all works out for everyone and the chickens!

  • Kurt K says:

    Tell you what if you give the 1300 people who stand to lose their jobs at the chicken plant a job in the museum and pay them the same I will support this. However since that is not going to happen I can’t support this. Even if it did ceate jobs PETA wouldn’t hire any of the former chicken plant workers to work in the museum. I’d be willing to bet not many of the workers are vegan. Can you hire somebody based on diet beliefs? I guess the former chicken plant workers could sue based on discrimination if they got rejected.

  • Leigh Ann Gutierrez says:

    I am personally from Louisiana and think this is a wonderful idea! We have barely any vegetarian restaurants in our state. I would definitely visit the chicken empathy museum!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    This is a wonderful idea but may I suggest that you use some of the profits from the museum to open a fund to retrain the displaced workers for jobs in other industries? Also may I suggest you use the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as the model?

  • Laura says:

    Love the idea! I would totally make a stop there on future trips. I want my chicken plushy too though haha.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    This is a great idea. Chickens are sociable smart and friendly creatures. The unpardonable cruelty and suffering that they endure from the vicious poultry industry is ungodly and evil.