Machipongo, VA - United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis, PhD,
will be a panelist at the Sierra Club's upcoming 3rd Annual Old
MacDonald Conference, October 25-26, at the Kentucky State University
Farm in Frankfort. This conference addresses issues of sustainable
agriculture, animal and environmental welfare problems linked to
industrial agriculture, public health problems, environmental justice
issues, and the role of consumers.
Karen Davis will speak on the Saturday afternoon, October 26, panel,
"Caring for Animals, Caring for the Environment." Her talk, "Awash in
Misery and Manure," will focus on the link between the suffering and
sickness of birds in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and the
environmental destructiveness of these operations.
Each year, millions of chickens, turkeys, and ducks suffer and die from
excretory ammonia fumes, heat suffocation, drug reactions, crowding,
stress and diseases. The bloated, decomposing bodies and skeletal
remains of these birds are stuffed in trashcans, buried, burned, dropped
down feed shoots, and dumped in unlined pits that become cesspools of
bacteria seeping into groundwater and local streams.
According to poultry researcher Donald Bell, "a one-million hen complex
produces 125 tons of wet manure a day."
To supplement her talk, Karen Davis will hand out UPC's documented Fact
Sheets, "Intensive Poultry Production: Fouling The Environment" and
"Chicken For Dinner: It's Enough to Make You Sick."
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