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Karen Davis, PhD is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry and the president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Would "Healthier" Chickens Harm the Environment?
Would raising chickens more slowly -- keeping them alive for 7 or 8 weeks, say, instead of 5 or 6 weeks -- be a welfare improvement that would inflict more harm on the environment than the industry already causes? Our answer to this question is crucial for the fate of animals and the earth.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Which Is Worse For The Environment -- Poultry Or Beef?
Contrary to a recent study, I dispute the implication that the answer to cattle pollution is to eat more poultry. The poultry industry in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, where I live and work, is a microcosm of the global expansion of the poultry industry and its baleful effect on land, air, water, and human and animal wellbeing.
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 17, 2016 Chicken For Dinner: It's Enough to Make You Sick
First published in 1998, "Chicken For Dinner: It's Enough to Make You Sick" is newly available from United Poultry Concerns with updated content and references. Does it surprise you to know that the information presented in 1998 from the 1980s and 1990s followed by countless articles, scientific reports, blog posts, and whatnot since then, has hardly changed a bit?
(26 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2015 Is Chicken Healthier Than Red Meat?
The color of meat is irrelevant. The choice between red meat versus poultry or fish is about as much of a choice as between foodborne illness and cancer. Fortunately, there's a better choice.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2015 Time to Spread the Joy
Bird Flu, Animal Suffering, Rainforest Destruction, and Reversing the Trends
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2015 A Chicken Named Viva Changed My Life
This is what happened one summer day thirty years ago when my husband and I rented a little house on a dirt road in Maryland outside Washington, DC. Unbeknown to us, our landlady was raising a flock of chickens...
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 24, 2014 The Secret Life of Poultry Products
Recent investigations of poultry production plants in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have revealed a world of suffering and filth so dirty and deep that no dystopian fantasy can compare with how a package of slaughtered birds ends up in a store.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 International Respect For Chickens Day Celebrates Compassion for Chickens
On Sunday, May 4, animal advocates celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day.
Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests the suffering of chickens in farming, cockfighting, experimental research, hatching projects and other activities that mistreat chickens.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 20, 2014 Do Chickens Make People Chubbier? Antibiotics and Obesity
Many people switch from beef to chicken believing chicken to be a healthier food choice. For decades we’ve been told that chicken is lower in fat and cholesterol than red meat, so it’s ironic that during this time, obesity has risen dramatically in Americans, including young children. Chicken consumption isn’t the prime culprit, but it isn’t blameless either.