ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for all Sentient Beings) 

Farmed Animal Cruelty: Past and Present

A Presentation by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with animal rights pioneer Karen Davis, PhD, who will discuss the history of factory farming and the normalized animal cruelty that characterizes animal agriculture today.

KAREN DAVIS, PhD is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation, Karen is the author of numerous books, essays, articles and campaigns. Her books include 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 2009 Revised Edition of Karen’s landmark book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs (first published in 1996) is described by the American Library Association's Choice magazine as "Riveting . . . brilliant . . . noteworthy for its breadth and depth." Karen’s latest book, published by Lantern Books in 2019, is For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation – Essays on Chickens, Turkeys, and Other Domesticated Fowl.


Recordings of Past Events:
The Environmental Impacts of the Chicken Industry with Hope Bohanec, Recorded June 17, 2021
The Backyard Chicken Industry, with Justin Van Kleeck, PhD, Recorded July 22, 2021
The Ecological, Health, and Zoonotic Risks of Poultry and Egg Consumption with Dr. Tushar Mehta, Recorded Aug. 24, 2021
Going Undercover with Erin Wing and Scott David of Animal Outlook. An inside look into an industry whose survival depends on hiding the truth.