United Poultry Concerns  

Cage Free, Animal Friendly, Go Vegan – What’s the Problem?
United Poultry Concerns’ 8th Annual Conference

Saturday March 29 - Sunday March 30, 2008
Norfolk & Machipongo, Virginia
Phone: 757-466-8000. Toll-free: 800-422-7474

PROGRAM Saturday March 29: Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel
1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502 (Buffet Dinner 6:00 PM)


8:00-9:00 Registration, Exhibit Table Set Ups, Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30 Welcome & Introduction by Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns & Conference Host

9:30-10:10 Roberta Schiff, “What Do People Know About Farmed Animals?”

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-11:25 Christine Morrissey, “Explore the Viscera-The Making Of ‘Humane Meat’”

11:30-12:15 Discussion on Morning Presentation - Q&A

12:15-1:15 LUNCH BREAK


1:20-2:00 Paul Shapiro, “Moving the Ball Forward For Farm Animals”

2:05-2:45 Patty Mark, “Turning Fear Into Confidence: What Are We Afraid Of?”

2:45-3:15 Roundtable Discussion

3:15-3:30 BREAK

3:35-4:15 Harold Brown, “Compassion, Welfare, Humane, Suffering, Cruelty, Rights: A Former Farmer’s Perspective”

4:15-4:55 Discussion on Afternoon Presentations - Q&A

4:55-5:00 Closing Remarks, Announcements

6:00 PM. Buffet Dinner for all participants hosted by Doreen and Jim Dykes in their beautiful home at 1145 Revere Point Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Cage Free, Animal Friendly, Go Vegan – What’s the Problem?
United Poultry Concerns’ 8th Annual Conference
Saturday March 29 - Sunday, March 30, 2008
Norfolk & Machipongo, Virginia
Phone: 757-678-7875

PROGRAM: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Sunday, March 30: United Poultry Concerns Headquarters & Sanctuary
12325 Seaside Road Machipongo, Virginia 23405

9:00-9:45 Exhibit Table Set Ups & Continental Breakfast

9:45-10:00 Welcome & Introduction by Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns & Conference Host

10:00-10:40 Karen Davis – “Whole Foods and The Compassionate Meat Case”

10:45-11:00 - BREAK

11:00-Noon Roundtable Discussion

12:30-2:00 Luncheon & Sanctuary Visit with Our Chickens, Turkeys & Ducks

Speakers’ Bios & Talk Summaries

Harold Brown, President of Farm Kind: As a vegan animal rights activist I have come from a little bit different background than most activists. I grew up on a multi-generational independent family farm in south central Michigan and worked three years in the dairy industry. I later had a personal transformation when I realized my life in animal husbandry was contrary to my better nature. My activism began in Cleveland, Ohio, then moved to New York where I worked for four years for Farm Sanctuary as outreach coordinator, animal transporter, and cruelty investigator. Farm Kind is my latest endeavor to be a voice for nonhuman animals, social justice issues, and peace.

Compassion, Welfare, Humane, Suffering, Cruelty, Rights: A Former Farmer’s Perspective: In this age of growing social awareness of animals, how do we figure out where we stand? As a movement, we deal in messages of cruelty and suffering that are not as simple as they seem. We must ask ourselves if our choices speak to our authentic selves, or are our decisions borne out of impatience and a dominant culture that blurs language, meaning, and relationships. The entanglements of activism with the animal production industry can be a peculiar thing. I hope to illustrate the broader dynamics that are afoot within the movement, the industry, and globally. Contact Harold at highlandpipe@empireaccess.net

Karen Davis is the founding president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. She is the editor of the quarterly magazine Poultry Press and 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’s sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia led celebrity show host, Ira Glass, of This American Life, to become a vegetarian.

Whole Foods and the Compassionate Meat Case: Recently the PBS News Hour ran a segment on Whole Foods Market’s “Farm Animal Compassionate Standards.” While the reporter talked about compassionate standards, the camera focused on an enormous meat display case inside a Whole Foods store. I wondered how many people saw the irony of this carnage being presented as an image of compassion. On the one hand, activists are working to put the faces, eyes, individuality and feelings of farmed animals before the public – to rescue them from the anonymity and plight of being “meat” and “food” in the public mind. On the other hand, - well, this is what my talk is about – the place of compassionate meat in the fight for animal liberation. Visit UPC at www.upc-online.org. Contact Karen at Karen@upc-online.org.

Patty Mark founded Animal Liberation Victoria in 1978 and for the past 30 years has been working full time for animals on a voluntary basis. Patty has personally investigated animal farms (intensive and open-range), abattoirs, feedlots and puppy mills on four continents. In 1993 she organized the first Open Rescue in Australia, now a world-wide movement, and continues this work today. Patty is an abolitionist who unequivocally advocates veganism as the essential frontline action against animal abuse and environmental destruction

Turning Fear into Confidence. The animal movement is on a slippery slope. More and more activists are starting to question the directions animal campaigns are heading – especially the trend to help market animal products. The animal movement isn’t about sending animals to slaughter. This is the last thing any of us want, so why are we doing it? What are we afraid of – that the public will think we’re extremists or elitists? We know we’re not, so what’s the problem? We need to face speciesism full on and leave any excuses behind. Our job is making the world vegan, nothing more or less. Visit Animal Liberation Victoria at ALV.org.au. Contact Patty at patty@alv.org.au.

Christine Morrissey is a director for East Bay Animal Advocates, a nonprofit organization focused on analyzing intensive animal husbandry practices in California. She works as the Education Coordinator for the Contra Costa County Bar Association in Martinez, California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and resides in Stockton, Calif. Online at EastBayAnimalAdvocates.org and CaliforniaAnimalAgriculture.com.

Explore the Viscera - The Making of “Humane Meat.” You can only understand the truth by experiencing it. Put on your rubber boots and sharpen your knife. It’s time to kill. During this presentation, we will raise and humanely slaughter a flock of meat chickens. Learn the facts about “humane meat” and form your own opinions. Advisory: No birds will be harmed during “The Making of Humane Meat.”

Roberta Schiff has been president of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society since 2002. She has an M.S. degree in Community Health Education from the University of Kansas. She has taught health and science in public school and served as a Program Director for the American Lung Association. She studied whole foods nutrition at Gulliver’s Institute in New York City and does nutrition counseling and nutrition education. Roberta turned mostly vegan in 1993, but absolutely decided never to eat anything again which contained or might contain an egg after hearing Karen Davis speak in 2000.

What Do People Know About Farmed Animals, especially poultry production, and How Do They Know It? Roberta will share the results of a survey she has done with people from different backgrounds showing what they know about factory farming. She will discuss varied ways to reach people with information that will encourage changes in the way they think about the animals they consume. Visit www.mhvs.org and www.all-creatures.org. Contact: veggierob@yahoo.com.

Paul Shapiro, a vegan for the last 14 years, works every day on behalf of chickens and other farm animals. He serves as the senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign and has spearheaded numerous successful campaigns for farm animals. Shapiro is also the founder and former campaigns director for Compassion Over Killing, where he helped lead campaigns such as the successful effort to end the use of the misleading “Animal Care Certified” logo on battery cage egg cartons nationwide. At Compassion Over Killing, he worked also as a farm animal cruelty investigator, primarily documenting conditions on egg and broiler factory farms, livestock auctions and slaughter plants.

Moving the Ball Forward for Farm Animals. Animal advocates in the U.S. have long lamented how far behind our allies in Europe we are when it comes to gaining some semblance of legal protection for farm animals. However, things are beginning to change and we’re now seeing some cities and states abolish cruelties such as gestation/veal crate confinement and foie gras production/sales. Paul will examine the latest advances for farm animal protection and argue that this progress represents both short-term and long-term benefits for animals. Visit hsus.org. Contact pshapiro@hsus.org.

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070