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2 February 2010
Join UPC President Karen Davis in Oregon February 26, 2010
PIEL Conference, University of Oregon, and Corvallis Lecture

“Protecting Animals in A Lawless Land” - 10:30-11:45am

United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis and Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Kathy Hessler will present a 90-minute panel discussion on legal issues relating to the status of farmed animals under the federal Animal Welfare Act, at the 2010 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC 2010), on Friday, February 26, from 10:30-11:45am, at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

In “Protecting Animals in A Lawless Land,” Karen and Kathy will discuss how and why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has succeeded in circumventing the Animal Welfare Act’s original intent to provide coverage for all warm-blooded animals, and what this exclusion has meant for billions of farmed animals, particularly for poultry and virtually all birds in all areas of exploitation. They will address other legal issues related to factory farming, including the exclusion of poultry from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and how this wrongful exclusion has been allowed to continue since the 1950s, despite legislative efforts and lawsuits seeking to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include poultry under the Humane Slaughter Act.

“The Shattered Egg: The Miserable Life of the Chicken on Your Plate.”

Karen Davis, PhD, founder of United Poultry Concerns, will give a free lecture on Friday, February 26 at 7:30PM at the Tunison Community Room, 365 SW Tunison Avenue in Corvallis, OR, approximately 36 miles or 45 minutes from downtown Eugene. Tunison Avenue is 6 blocks south of the First Alternative Co-op on 3rd Street (99W).

In “The Shattered Egg: The Miserable Life of the Chicken on Your Plate,” Karen will discuss the suffering and diseases of chickens and turkeys in modern poultry and egg production operations, including environmental consequences and diseases transmitted to consumers of poultry products, as documented in the new edition of her landmark book, Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry. Recommended by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine as “Riveting . . . brilliant . . . noteworthy for its breadth and depth.” This lecture includes a visual display, book-signing, free literature and Q &A. For more information about Karen Davis, go to

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