18 December 2018

UPC Needs Your Support This Holiday Season


Holiday Greetings from United Poultry Concerns

Earth Angel
UPC photo of Miss Earth Angel by Karen Davis

From Our Hearts to Yours

Virginia Beach Hens Perching
In July We Welcomed 50 Birds from a Cockfighting Bust in Virginia Beach! They love perching in the trees!
UPC photo by Karen Davis

Thank You for Your Support


Dear UPC, I met your group at a conference and then visited you at your sanctuary headquarters in Virginia and met your wonderful birds. Thank you for your very fine work. You made a strong impression on me and I hope this donation will help. – Bridgit Mulholland

Karen, your article is fantastic. It’s informative and eloquent and very compelling. I was fascinated by your treatment of the history of the use of chickens, and your treatment of their industrial exploitation and the perverted science behind it is accessible and well done. You nicely balance details regarding the animals’ sad suffering and discussion of larger legal and polemical issues, including alleged “anthropomorphism.” I think this is a definitive piece. – Brian Duignan, Senior Editor in Philosophy, Encyclopaedia Britannica, October 2018

Dear UPC, you do such good work – and are so much on the right side. Thank You! – Howard Schultz

Dear Friend,

I am forever touched by Earth Angel, our brave little hen pictured on this holiday card. Born in an industrial hatchery in California, badly debeaked and squeezed in a henitentiary with thousands of other hens, miraculously she was rescued and flown to Watkins Glen, New York, then driven 9 hours in a van to our sanctuary in Machipongo, Virginia. Over time, Earth Angel underwent four surgeries related to problems caused by excessive egg production.

The fourth surgery was especially risky, but otherwise she would die from the accumulation of egg debris in her system, so our veterinarian and I decided to give her another chance for recovery. Earth Angel rebounded to live several more lovely months with us until, one day in sorrow, we had to let her go. – Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

Earth Angel
Miss Earth Angel
UPC photo by Karen Davis

We’re grateful to be able to bring comfort and joy to the many chickens who come to our sanctuary rescued from a life of fear and abuse. Just this past summer, we adopted 47 hens and three roosters – Rowdy, Scooter, and Brandy – from a cockfighting raid in Virginia Beach, and you never saw a cuter bunch of birds running around our predator-proof outdoor aviary, mingling with the peafowl, the ducks, and other chickens in the yard!

At this moment, it’s 4:00am, and the roosters are already crowing their morning love song, from bell-bright to baritone to bass – cock-a-doodle-doooooooooo – from the branches and wooden beams where they perch every night with their hens.

“Why do roosters crow in the dark?” people ask. It’s because chickens see infrared light, so when it’s still nighttime for us, they see the sun rising and are eager to hop to the ground from their perches and start their day!

Our birds provide the irrefutable evidence we need to counteract the false rhetoric of poultry producers and enlighten the public about who these birds are in contrast to how they’re portrayed by their abusers.

Our Work for the Birds Depends on Your Support!

United Poultry Concerns offers comprehensive information about chickens and turkeys. Through our public outreach campaigns and activities, we educate people to perceive the intelligence and feelings of chickens, turkeys, and ducks. We educate people to not want to eat our feathered friends, or their eggs, once they see them as friends, not food.

On March 2, 2019, United Poultry Concerns will host our 8th Annual Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley, California! Key topics of our conference are the ethical and practical aspects of sentience-free flesh, and more! Please join us and support our work in 2019 with your generous tax-deductible donation this holiday season. We count on you as we prepare for our 29th year of dedicated activism for the chickens, turkeys, ducks, and other domesticated fowl we hold so dear.

From all of our feathered friends & staff at United Poultry Concerns, we wish you a happy New Year. Thank you for your continuing support!


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Karen Davis, PhD

President & Founder
United Poultry Concerns

Karen Davis at her desk

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization. Federal ID: 52-1705678. All donations are tax-deductible. A financial statement is available on written request to the Office of Consumer Affairs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Our 990 tax forms, Annual Reports & Audits are posted on our website at www.upc-online.org. To view these documents, click on About UPC on our homepage at www.upc-online.org/more_about_upc.html. Thank you.