31 December 2021

Becoming an Activist, Humane Education, “Humane” Factory Farming

UPC President Karen Davis Video Interview: Brock University

Karen in imprompt interview

This 3-part interview conducted in March 2015 provides compelling insights into the making of an animal rights activist, why boys as well as girls suffer psychic injury in male-dominated society, and how anti-factory-farming sentiment fosters false narratives and beliefs about “food”-producing animals and consumer choice.

Karen’s impromptu interview, now aired for the first time, was elegantly recorded by a student videographer during an animal rights conference at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario organized by sociology professor Dr. John Sorenson, March 9.


KAREN DAVIS, PhD is the Founder and President of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. She is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: a Case for Comparing Atrocities; A Home for Henny; Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry” Potpourri; and For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation: Essays on Chickens, Turkeys, and Other Domesticated Fowl.

KAREN DAVIS has chapters in Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice; Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Animal-Human Encounters; Defining Critical Animal Studies: An Intersectional Social Justice Approach to Liberation; Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations; Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable; Critical Theory and Animal Liberation; and Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals. She is a contributor most recently to Animal Agriculture is Immoral: An Anthology; Voices for Animal Liberation: Inspirational Accounts by Animal Rights Activists; and Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers. Karen Davis is in the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation.