Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry

by Karen Davis (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Former English professor Davis is founder and president of the nonprofit
organization United Poultry Concerns. After introducing readers to a brief
history of poultry farming and the natural and social lives of chickens, Davis
focuses on the egg and broiler industries, primarily in the United States. This
is followed by a chapter on slaughter, which provides more gruesome detail than
some readers will find comfortable. In the final chapter, vegetarianism,
especially veganism, is promoted as the only effective solution. As one might
guess from the title, chickens are considered from an animal-rights perspective,
and this publication is intended as a consciousness-raising expose of what Davis
sees as a cruel, obscene, and morally handicapped industry. There is not much
new here, but the author does a good job of drawing from a wide variety of
poultry science, animal-rights and other literature, including Page Smith and
Charles Daniel's marvelous The Chicken Book (LJ 7/75), to make her case. For
animal rights collections and curious patrons who wonder where their eggs and
chicken nuggets really come from.

From Booklist
Many Americans have made the choice to eat less red meat. For some, it is simply
a health decision; others are choosing to become vegetarians for ethical
reasons. Another factor is that books such as Jeremy Rifkin's Beyond Beef (1992)
have exposed unsanitary processing conditions and alerted readers to the
environmental consequences of raising and maintaining large cattle herds. Davis
now targets those who eat chicken, turkey, or eggs with her scathing indictment
of the poultry industry. She is president of United Poultry Concerns, an animal
rights and animal welfare advocacy group, and she has previously written a
vegetarian cookbook, Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey (1993), featuring
"alternatives to traditional poultry and egg recipes." Upbraiding those who
breed and raise poultry, Davis documents the inhumane conditions of factory
farming, explicitly detailing the lives and deaths of battery hens raised in
tiered brooding trays and of broiler chickens. She also charges that so-called
free-range chickens fare no better. Bolstered by unyielding conviction, Davis
argues her case with passion.

Product Details

Paperback: 175 pages
Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (October 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1570670323



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