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Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (REVISED ED) Paperback – March 10, 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.
I already knew it was pretty terrible what the poor creatures go through. I live not too far from a Tyson plant and see the chickens stuffed into the crates rolling towards their doom. I actually know quite a few people who have chicken houses. But, fortunately, have never seen inside one.
I have chickens and I give them the best life I know how. They have a snug, safe house to roost in, private nesting boxes and plenty of room to roam. I love my chickens and want what's best for them. Through reading this book I have learned more about how to allow my chickens to have a natural and healthy life.
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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 22 months ago by Daniel P. Sweeney
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
It seems more people than ever are talking about chickens, and I love it. From California's Proposition 2 -- which will, among other things, ban the use of battery cages for egg... Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Mark Hawthorne