Artificial animal rights activists protest, chicken ordered removed anyway
The Washington Times reported Rocky Mount's 8-foot chicken statue was ordered removed by the Franklin County Board of Zoning Appeals, claiming it was the equivalent of a commercial sign. The chicken had been erected in April by Joe Altadonna in front of his Lake Plaza strip mall to advertise his newly-built, nearby miniature golf course.
Supporters of the chicken blamed "elite property owners near Smith Mountain Lake," especially since the Smith Mountain Lake Association had been complaining about the groundbound fowl since shortly after it arrived. The association's president, Don Fink, called the chicken "tacky" and "garishly painted."
Almost 100 supporters wearing "Save the Chicken" T-shirts failed to move the board to rule in Mr. Altadonna's favor. Future plans for the chicken were not announced, but I would hope that Mr. A might move it to the miniature golf course. [thanks to Dick Williams.Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), for the report][07/22/2001]