Dr Karen Davis

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. She’s the founding editor of UPC’s quarterly magazine Poultry Press and the author of several books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities. Karen maintains a sanctuary for chickens, turkeys and ducks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia To learn more, visit www.upc-online.org and www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm.

Recent Publications


What Happened to Peter Singer?

Chicken-Human Relationships: From Procrustean Genocide to Empathic Anthropomorphism

The Social Life of Chickens

Decompression: A New Way to Torture Chickens

New Review of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry IndustryJournal of Animal Ethics 1, 2011

Thinking Like a Chicken

Thinking Like a Chicken: Farm Animals and the Feminine Connection:

The Life of One Battery Hen


Karen Davis, “From Hunting Grounds to Chicken Rights: My Story in an Eggshell,” Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice, ed. Lisa A. Kemmerer, Forward by Carol J. Adams, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2011.

“Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity and Welfare Problems,” Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, ed. John Sanbonmatsu, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.