"The fact is there is a whole ton of science which shows that chickens are miserable in
cages." - Karen Davis, PhD, quoted in Egg Industry magazine
The October issue of Egg Industry, the U.S. egg industry's trade
magazine, features interviews with four leaders of the animal advocacy movement
including profiles of our organizations. This coverage of our philosophy and concerns is
the result of our attendance at last year's Egg Industry Summit on the welfare of "laying"
hens in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interviewed are Karen Davis (United Poultry Concerns),
Paul Shapiro (Compassion Over Killing), Bruce Friedrich (PETA), Wayne Pacelle
(HSUS), and Dr. Michael Appleby (HSUS).
Photo courtesy of PETA
The 13-page Egg Industry exclusive begins: "No issue poses greater challenges to
the egg industry than that of animal welfare." In August, Egg Industry editor Dr. Charles
Olentine paid a visit to United Poultry Concerns where he interviewed Karen Davis and
toured our chicken sanctuary. Here is an excerpt from UPC President Karen Davis
concerning the life of battery-caged hens:
"I've been in a lot of battery cage houses. I've broken into them. I think they are
the most awful place that you could ever put [even] an enemy. You are nauseated with
the ammonia fumes, these birds are miserable, and the young ones are jumping all over
each other. When you go through with your camera, what is even more horrifying is
seeing the ones who have been in there for a number of months and are not even
responding, like they have learned helplessness - their combs are hanging way over their
faces and their combs are all doughy and white. It's a horrible scene. It's not clean in
these places. They are filthy and manure is coming down and crusted and hanging over
the bars. . . . There is an endless sound of machines and distressed birds all around you.
You can't even describe it to people. What we need in addition to video footage is for
something to enable people to smell what it is like in there. These birds are creatures with
wings and legs. To take a creature with wings and legs and never let them take a step is
Davis continues: "The fact is that these birds can never clean themselves. Our
birds dust bathe all the time or if a bird is brought here who has traveled awhile in a cage,
that's their first act-to have a dust bath. It's just like us, we take a shower or bath. They
want to clean themselves. We don't have any right to deprive a creature of her method of
practicing bodily hygiene."
These observations are a sample of the richly impassioned, professional, and
informative interviews presented in the October 2002 issue of Egg Industry, which notes
in its profile of United Poultry Concerns that in 1996 UPC President Karen Davis
"published a book entitled Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the
Modern Poultry Industry in which she says 'the industry makes its case for us.'"