‘I, Chicken’ Virtual Reality Experience to Cause Flap at Missouri Southern State University

Simpsons Co-Creator's Project Will Give Students a Bird's-Eye View

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2015

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Joplin, Mo. – What do chickens see, hear, and feel before they wind up in Missouri Southern State University dining halls? That’s what peta2—PETA’s youth division, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—will show students on Friday, when it brings the high-tech “I, Chicken” virtual reality (VR) experience to campus, hosted by student group MSSU Veg*ns.

Where:           Billingsly Student Center, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin

When:             Friday, February 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

“I, Chicken” was made possible by a grant from The Simpsons co-creator and noted philanthropist Sam Simon. The project uses cutting-edge wireless VR goggles, motion-capture cameras, and a powerful computer to immerse participants in a world where they can flap their wings, communicate with other chickens, take dust baths, and engage in other natural chicken behavior. But as participants soon learn, life for the 26 million chickens who are slaughtered for food every day in the U.S. is no walk in the park.

Previous stops on the “I, Chicken” tour include Princeton University, where one student shared a powerful response to the experience. “It’s so hard to empathize with animals when we interact so little with our food,” she said. “This is probably one of the more effective ways of getting information out to people who … would be likely to want to be vegetarian if they had just one experience where they were interacting in an empathetic way with animals.” Smith College students agreed. “It impacted me a lot to see the world from the perspective of a chicken,” one said. “This made me feel kind of sad .… Life is just not very good for the chickens.” Another said, “It was really shocking and kind of horrifying.”

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