KAREN DAVIS is the founder and President of United Poultry
Concerns, Inc. She has a PhD in English from the University of
Maryland-College Park where she taught for 12 years in the
English Department. Her articles have appeared in The
Faculty Voice (University of Maryland), Journal of
English and Germanic Philology, English Language Notes,
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Between the
Species: A Journal of Ethics, and many other publications.
She has published in the New York Times, New Yorker, Wall
Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,
Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Harper’s
Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Nation, Baltimore Sun, Los
Angeles Times, "Dear Abby," Egg Industry, Feedstuffs,
and has appeared on the Howard Stern Show.
Karen has essays in Animals and Women: Feminist
Theoretical Explorations (Duke UP, 1995), Terrorists or
Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals
(Lantern Books, 2004), and Animal Liberation Philosophy and
Policy Studies Journal Vol. 2, No. 2 (Center on Animal
Liberation Affairs, 2005).
At the University of Maryland Karen founded the Animal
Rights Coalition in 1989, and she pioneered a course on the
role of animals in the Western philosophic and literary
tradition in the University Honors Program. Karen is a
featured speaker at the annual National Animal Rights
conventions in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. On July 2,
2002, Karen was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of
Fame "for outstanding contributions to animal liberation."
On November 14, 1999, Karen Davis was profiled in "For the
Birds," in The Washington Post, winner of the 1999 Ark
Trust Genesis Award for Outstanding Newspaper Feature for
1999. On November 14, 2000, Karen and United Poultry Concerns
were featured on the CBC Primetime TV show Witness, in
"Chickens are People Too," produced by the Emmy winning
filmmaker, John Kastner. In May 2002, Karen was a featured
speaker at the Yale University Chicken Conference (May 17-19).
The October 2002 issue of Egg Industry magazine
featured Karen Davis and UPC in a special interview.
In 1990, Karen founded United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit
organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful
treatment of domestic fowl and includes a sanctuary. Karen is
the author of A Home for Henny; Instead of Chicken, Instead
of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri; Prisoned
Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry
Industry; and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History,
Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books 2001). Karen's
latest book is The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A
Case for Comparing Atrocities (Lantern Books 2005).