4 November 2023

Karen Davis, President and Founder of UPC, Has Passed Away

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Karen Davis, PhD. After a long illness, she passed away peacefully on the morning of November 4, 2023 at the UPC sanctuary surrounded by her beloved birds. She has been a leading figure in the Animal Rights movement, passionately, tirelessly and unapologetically advocating for the birds. She has been an inspiration to many of us. We will continue her vision and legacy through our sanctuary at Machipongo, VA, and vegan advocacy work to promote our mission. We will be sending information about a memorial service to celebrate Karen's life and work.

All of us at UPC

©Unparalleled Suffering Photography
Karen with a smile holding Rainbow Karen Davis & Rainbow

Karen Davis, PhD was the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domesticated birds including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation, Karen was the author of numerous books, essays, articles and campaigns. Her latest book is For the Birds - From Exploitation to Liberation: Essays on Chickens, Turkeys, and Other Domesticated Fowl.

Animal Activism Mentorship's reflection on Karen:
Rest in Peace Karen Davis

Animals 24-7 article on Karen's pivotal role in the Animal Rights movement:
Karen Davis, Ph.D., United Poultry Concerns founder, dead at 79

Pamela Rice shares her memories of Karen:
Karen Davis was my mentor . . .

The Washington Post:
Karen Davis, animal rights advocate who spoke for the birds, dies at 79

The Wall Street Journal:
Karen Davis, an Animal-Rights Activist Who Convinced Ira Glass to Stop Eating Chicken, Dies at 79

The Sydney Morning Herald:
Birds activist called herself 'that crazy chicken lady'

The Cape Charles Mirror:
Remembering My Visit to to United Poultry Concerns and Karen Davis

Vegan Nation:
Karen Davis Memorial Tribute - 14 November 2023

Plant Based Briefing:
In Memory of Karen Davis (1944-2023) Chicken or Broiler, Cow or Steer, Owner or Guardian?

Hope for the Animals:
Rest in Power Karen Davis

Unparalleled Suffering:
I'll Miss Karen Davis As One Of My Favorite People And Favorite Activists Of All Time

John Di Leonardo / Humane Long Island:
Actions for Karen: Two Turkeys Saved, Articles Published and More!