Karen Davis is the president of United Poultry Concerns, Inc., which she founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl and includes a sanctuary for domestic fowl.
She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she taught for twelve years in the English department.
At the University of Maryland, Davis founded the Animal Rights Coalition in 1989, and she pioneered a course in the University Honors Program on the role of animals in the Western philosophic and literary tradition. Karen is a featured speaker at the annual National Animal Rights and Taking Action for Animals conferences in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. On July 2, 2002, Karen was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame "for outstanding contributions to animal liberation."