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From Karen Davis, President, UPC, United Poultry Concerns
July 2020

Interview by Patricia Denys and Mary Holmes, Animal Culture Magazine, July 2020: We asked Karen Davis how she responds to those who state they eat chicken, not beef, because it’s the healthier alternative. She put that misnomer to rest immediately; it’s all propaganda.

Karen Davis
Karen Davis and a rescued hen blinded by ammonia fumes in a Tyson facility in Maryland. Photo © Bruce Andrew Peters

If you are unfamiliar with UPC, it was founded in 1990 by Davis. According to its website, “United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens, turkeys, ducks and other domestic fowl. We hold that the treatment of these birds in the areas of food production, science, education, entertainment, and humane companionship situations has a significant effect upon human, animal, and environmental welfare.

We seek to make the public aware of the ways in which poultry are used, and to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle.” Their sanctuary is located in Machipongo, VA, on the state’s Eastern Shore.

First, we asked Davis how she responds to those who state they eat chicken, not beef, because it’s the healthier alternative. She put that misnomer to rest immediately; it’s all propaganda. “The public has had this idea for a long time that eating poultry is more healthful than eating red meat. Well, actually, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has pointed out for years that, for example, the amount of cholesterol in chickens and turkey is virtually the same as what appears in beef products, which is about 25 milligrams per ounce of flesh. You don’t really benefit from eating poultry over beef from the standpoint of lowering cholesterol intake.”

More importantly though, “Chickens and turkeys are raised in the most squalid, filthy conditions imaginable. They live in houses, and hens used for egg production as well....

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Chickens
TOP: Egg layers know as battery hens. Battery cages hold 7-10 hens, in a 67-86 square inch space. Esbenshade Farms, Mount Joy, PA ©Zoe Weil
MIDDLE: Chicks bred to grow fast for slaughter at six weeks of age. Perdue Farms, DE ©David Harp
BOTTOM: Former battery hens enjoying naturally roosting at UPC. ©Susan Rayfield


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