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Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (REVISED ED) Revised Edition
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Karen Davis has essays in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations (Duke UP, 1995), Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (Lantern Books, 2004), Animal Liberation Philosophy and Policy Studies Journal Vol. 2, No. 2 (Center on Animal Liberation Affairs, 2005), and Encyclopedia of Animals and Humans (Greenwood, 2007). Her essay 'Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity and Welfare Problems' is forthcoming in a collection published by SUNY Press.
At the University of Maryland Karen founded the Animal Rights Coalition in 1989, and she pioneered a course on the role of animals in the Western philosophic and literary tradition in the University of Maryland Honors Program. Karen is a featured speaker at the annual National Animal Rights and Taking Action for Animals conferences in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. On July 2, 2002, Karen was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame 'for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.'
On November 14, 1999, Karen Davis was profiled in 'For the Birds,' in The Washington Post, winner of the 1999 Ark Trust Genesis Award for Outstanding Newspaper Feature for 1999 (www.upc-online.org/991114wpost_karen_davis.html).
On November 14, 2000, Karen and United Poultry Concerns were featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Primetime TV show Witness, in 'Chickens are People Too,' produced by the Emmy-winning filmmaker, John Kastner. In 2002 Karen gave a presentation on 'The Beauty, Dignity & Abuse of Chickens' at the Yale University Chicken Conference, May 17-19.
On April 20, 2007, media celebrity Ira Glass, host of the popular Public Radio International program This American Life aired on NPR, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman where he told Letterman and millions of viewers that his visit to United Poultry Concerns' chicken sanctuary in 1998 led him to become a vegetarian. Karen Davis and UPC's sanctuary are currently featured in two major films on DVD: The Emotional World of Farm Animals narrated by Jeffrey Masson & frequently aired on NPR; and Animal People: The Humane Movement in America produced by Gary Kaskel and United Action for Animals in 2007.
Since 1999, Karen and UPC have hosted eight annual conferences on farmed animal advocacy issues. March 24-25, 2007. In March 2008, Karen and UPC hosted a conference on farmed animal and vegetarian advocacy issues in Virginia.
Karen is the author of several books including A Home for Henny (a children's book published by UPC); Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless 'Poultry' Potpourri (a cookbook published by the Book Publishing Co.); Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (Book Publishing Co.); More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books); and The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (Lantern Books). The New Revised Edition of Karen's landmark book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs will be out in 2009.
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In the newly revised edition of Prisoned Chicken, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, Karen Davis provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the poultry industry, a natural history of chickens, and a scathing critique of the ways that broiler chickens and battery hens live and die on modern factory farms. The new edition contains hundreds of new references and current information on the bird flu epidemic, genetic engineering of poultry, the expansion of the chicken industry, global warming, and recent changes in the rearing and processing of commercial poultry.
While, as the title suggests, this is a book of animal advocacy, the information is up to date and accurate. Davis, who runs an animal shelter for poultry, is director of United Poultry Concerns. She has spent over 20 years tirelessly arguing that chickens merit our moral concern.Read more ›
Dr. Davis is a former English professor who left her position in academia to campaign full-time on behalf of domestic fowl, and much of the book's impact can be traced to her university background. First, it was thoroughly researched from primary sources, usually the publications of the poultry industry itself. Davis has made herself an internationally recognized expert on chickens and turkeys, their physiology, psychology, natural history, and treatment in modern agriculture. As a result, "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs" is an authoritative treatment of its subject, and its claims are backed up with ample citations from reliable sources (most often, as I said, from the poultry industry)and have never been shown to be false or exaggerated. Second, Davis writes extremely well, and "Prisoned Chickens", despite its sometimes shocking subject matter, is gracefully written and accessible to the layperson.
The revised and updated 2009 edition is similar to the original, only newer and better. It is expanded and brought up to date in all respects, and people who have read the original edition will still find the revised edition worth their while and then some.
If you are worried about the cruelty inherent in modern industrial agriculture, or if you are concerned about the health and environmental implications of modern chicken and egg production, the new, updated edition of "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs" is an indipensable book.
Much of the credit for this, I think, goes to Karen Davis, who founded an advocacy group for chickens and turkeys, United Poultry Concerns, in 1990. Few people have done as much as Karen to raise awareness about the plight of birds people want to eat. She is one of those tireless activists many of us wish we could be like: a consistent, well-informed, dedicated voice who never seems to miss an opportunity to speak up for animals. Take International Respect for Chickens Day, for example. Karen launched this annual event four years ago to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.
A considerable amount of her activist time is engaged in writing, and Karen's latest effort is a complete revision of her book "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs," first published 13 years ago. This is without a doubt one of the most important books an animal advocate can read. Not only is it critical for activists to be up to date on issues involving animal cruelty, but chickens are by far the most abused beings in animal agribusiness -- indeed, Karen describes them as "creatures of the earth who no longer live on the land" -- making it even more essential that we're able to speak from a place of knowledge in order to defend them.Read more ›
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Karen Davis has brought needed attention to the most maligned abused and disregarded of farm animal groups, chickens (and other other fowl--turkeys and game birds used for eggs,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kathleen O'Connor
This will now be my number one recommendation when someone asks why he/she should give up animal products - a well-researched, comprehensive and heartbreaking look at the most... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Daniel P. Sweeney
Although this is a long list of the cruelties inflicted on the chickens on factory farms, I was able to find a lot of useful information on the natural life of the chicken. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Last fall, the Book Publishing Company offered me a copy of Karen Davis's PRISONED CHICKENS, POISONED EGGS for review. (Originally published in 1996, the book was revised in 2009. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Kelly Garbato
Chickens are one of the world's most embraced food animals, but the modern handling of them could make their tasty flesh not so sweet. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Midwest Book Review