Karen Davis

I Know Just How Incredible Chickens Are: I've Spent More Than Thirty Years Getting to Know Them

May 4th is International Respect for Chickens Day and May is International Respect for Chickens Month. United Poultry Concerns launched this project in 2005 to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. This month is the time to do an action for chickens to educate others about the plight—and delight—of chickens and how we can help them.

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Should Farm Animals Be Genetically Modified to Remove Their Capacity to Feel Pain?

On March 6, 2018, the University of Oxford announced that a student named Jonathan Latimer was awarded a prize in Practical Ethics for his essay, "Why We Should Genetically 'Disenhance' Animals Used in Factory Farms." Describing disenhancement as "a genetic modification that removes an animal's capacity to feel pain," Latimer defends the process by arguing that "disenhancement will significantly increase the quality of life for animals in factory farms."

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#MeToo for the Voiceless: Why We Can't Ignore the Animal Victims of Human Sexual Assault

For years, women in the animal rights movement have complained of a predatory permissiveness at conferences and in offices, in conflict with the movement’s purported commitment to justice for all creatures including humans. But just as in the radical social justice era of the 1960s and ‘70s, when women on the left were patronized by men who dismissed them and their issues as nonissues compared with the “real” politics of oppression, so in the animal rights movement, female activist complaints of male misconduct have not struck a major chord. This is because the animal rights movement, like society at large, is headed mainly by men, and because the plight of women experiencing harassment or worse by male affiliates has generally been viewed as trivial compared with the plight of nonhuman animals.

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Residents of a Tiny Wisconsin Town Gather Every Year to Watch Chickens Being Hurled Through the Air

In Dunn County, Wisconsin, the Ridgeland “chicken toss” is one tiny northern town’s version of the Winter Olympics. Each year in February, the Drunk’n Monkey Bar & Hotel invites Ridgeland residents to watch chickens being thrown, one or two at a time, up in the air from the roof in honor of Pioneer Days.

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