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18 February 2010
Norm Phelps’ 5-Star Amazon Review of
Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs, 2009 Edition

Sticking Up for Chickens, February 16, 2010
By Norm Phelps (Funkstown, Maryland USA)

The original (1996) edition of Karen Davis’ “Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs” was a groundbreaking study of the poultry industry that focused worldwide attention on the plight of chickens in factory farms and moved chickens to the top of the animal rights agenda. It literally changed the direction of the animal rights movement.


Dr. Davis is a former English professor who left her position in academia to campaign full-time on behalf of domestic fowl, and much of the book’s impact can be traced to her university background. First, it was thoroughly researched from primary sources, usually the publications of the poultry industry itself. Davis has made herself an internationally recognized expert on chickens and turkeys, their physiology, psychology, natural history, and treatment in modern agriculture. As a result, “Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs” is an authoritative treatment of its subject, and its claims are backed up with ample citations from reliable sources (most often, as I said, from the poultry industry) and have never been shown to be false or exaggerated. Second, Davis writes extremely well, and “Prisoned Chickens,” despite its sometimes shocking subject matter, is gracefully written and accessible to the layperson.

The revised and updated 2009 edition is similar to the original, only newer and better. It is expanded and brought up to date in all respects, and people who have read the original edition will still find the revised edition worth their while and then some.

If you are worried about the cruelty inherent in modern industrial agriculture, or if you are concerned about the health and environmental implications of modern chicken and egg production, the new, updated edition of “Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs” is an indispensable book.

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