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Saturday, May 19th

Fate of the Chicken: From Tropical Forest to Factory Farm

By Karen Davis, PhD

President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns

Time: 1 PM

Location: 242 E. 53 Street

Ground Floor

New York, NY

(next door to Quest Book Shoppe)

Fate of the Chicken is a one-hour PowerPoint presentation followed by a half hour question and answer session.


Chickens originated in the tropical forests of India and Southeast Asia many thousands of years ago. These Jungle Fowl, still thriving, live vigorous lives, raising their families, foraging for food, roosting in trees. "Fate of the Chicken" takes you, via PowerPoint imagery, through the evolution of chickens from their forested beginnings and natural habitat through phases of their domestication including cockfighting, backyard chicken-keeping, Victorian metaphor, and the "Hen Fever" craze in the 19th century that led to modern chicken and egg production.

Karen Davis, PhD

is President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns. She is the founding editor of UPCs quarterly magazine Poultry Press and the author of several books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality. Karen maintains a sanctuary for chickens, turkeys, ducks, and peafowl in Machipongo, Va. For more information visit

United Poultry Concerns

is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens, turkeys and other domestic fowl. UPC addresses the treatment of domestic fowl in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations, and maintains a sanctuary for rescued chickens at its headquarters on the Virginia Eastern shore.

For more information visit:

Karen Davis, PhD, President

United Poultry Concerns

PO Box 150

Machipongo, Virginia 23405


Sponsored by the New York Bird Club
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