Daisy the Chicken Is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Make Your Chicken a Star’ Competition

Special Bird Loves to Cuddle, Go for Car Rides, and Steal the Dogs' Food

For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Boylston, Mass. – The “top flock” of feathery finalists have been chosen in PETA’s first-ever “Make Your Chicken a Star” competition—and Daisy, a chicken who lives with the Keefe family in Boylston, is among them. Voting is now open to the public to help determine the winner, who will be revealed on December 9.

Julia Keefe adopted Daisy five years ago—and since then, the chicken has become an essential member of the family. She loves to cuddle with Julia’s 8-year-old sister, greet the family when they return home every day, and even go on adventures in the car. Her favorite foods include raspberries and—if she’s sneaky enough—the occasional piece of dog food. “[C]hickens are lovable and care about people. They are kind and have feelings,” says Julia. “[A]ll of them have their own unique personalities. They are intelligent and bring out the good in us.”

“Daisy is a perfect example of how smart, affectionate, and adventurous chickens can be,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the chickens in PETA’s contest have unique personalities, value companionship and their own lives, and have formed an unbreakable bond with their loving guardians.”

The winning chicken will be featured in a new PETA ad and in PETA Global magazine and will receive a gift basket stuffed with toys and treats, and the winner’s guardian will receive a framed award and prize pack that includes a T-shirt, a vegan cookbook, and more (plus bragging rights, of course).

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. PETA will choose the winner based on several factors, including vote count. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.

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