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Last week, we told you about planning for World Farm Animals Day 2001, intended to “expose, memorialize, and mitigate animal suffering and death in the world’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.” Undeterred by questions of taste in the wake of the human suffering on Sept. 11, a group called United Poultry Concerns (“Promoting the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl”) has sent along word that it is flocking to the cause. The group planned its “11th annual morning vigil for chickens” for Oct. 2. “The eggs you see in stores were laid by hens kept in misery, pain, frustration, and filth,” United Poultry Concerns explained in a press release. The group added that Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia has denounced the mistreatment of chickens. We’re really not making this up. —Howard Witt