United Poultry Concerns May 8, 2003

Karen Davis Letter in The New Yorker

The following letter by United Poultry Concerns President Karen Davis appears in the May 12,2003 issue of The New Yorker. The magazine came out Monday, May 5. The letter is in response to Michael Specter’s profile of Ingrid Newkirk titled “The Extremist,” which appeared in the April 14, 2003 issue of The New Yorker.

Specter’s profile of Ingrid Newkirk reminded me of another article about her, one that I read twenty years ago. It was in a major newspaper [see below] and all but ridiculed Newkirk and her work on behalf of animals. (The title was “She’s a Portrait of Zealotry in Plastic Shows.”) I especially remember the dismissive tone in which the reporter told the story of how Newkirk cupped her hands with water to give to chickens who were dying of thirst and heat on the holding dock of a Maryland slaughterhouse on a hot summer day. Her act of compassion, and the way the writer made sport of it, eventually led to my decision to become a full-time advocate for chickens. Specter’s article, by taking Newkirk and her ideas seriously, shows how far we’ve come since then.

Karen Davis
President, United Poultry Concerns
Machipongo, Va.

The article, by Chip Brown, appeared in the Metro Section on B1 of The Washington Post, November 13, 1983.

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl: http://www.upc-online.org.


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