Target: Animal Place Shelter
Goal: Applaud group for rescuing 1,150 egg laying hens from slaughter
Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the Animal Place shelter in Grass Valley, California was able to rescue over a thousand egg-laying hens from death. These hens, when past their prime egg-laying age, are sent to death in a gas chamber as they are no longer profitable. About 1,150 chickens were flown to upstate New York shelters for adoption.
Egg-laying hens are kept in cages since birth. These overcrowded conditions can lead to disease and aggressive behavior, so their beaks are clipped in order to prevent them from hurting each other. The wire on the cage bottoms can shred a chicken’s feet and cause permanent disability. Constant bright light is shed on the chickens to simulate dawn and promote egg-laying. Once their bodies have been depleted due to the unnatural amount of eggs produced, they are sentenced to death as they are too small and diseased for consumption.
The chickens were rescued from a battery cage operation, which is rare as rescuers aren’t often allowed into factory farms. Even rarer was the 50,000 dollar donation from an anonymous donor, which paid for the chicken’s private flight to New York. The chickens, once landed, were distributed amongst shelters: Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, to name a few.
The shelters will eventually place the chickens into new vegan and vegetarian homes to recover. Due to their condition, they will require rehabilitation, and in some cases, special care. The hens have had their beaks and wings clipped, and many have sustained injuries due to tight captivity.
The hens have never been outside, and have hardly been able to move in their lives. Their rescue means that they will now be able to enjoy freedom, fresh air, and sunlight for their remaining years. Your signature will commend Animal Place and their anonymous benefactor for their efforts to give the chickens a free life.
Dear Animal Place Shelter & Generous Unnamed Donor,
Recently, 1,150 egg-laying hens were rescued from a factory egg farm operation. Had they not been rescued, the chickens would have been put to death as their profitability decreased. The hens were flown across America to a few New York shelters to be rehabilitated and placed into caring homes.
After a life of captivity, mistreatment, and servitude, these hens will finally be able to experience some of life’s simple pleasures. Grass under their feet, sun on their backs, and breeze in their feathers are rights that have been returned to these creatures.
I would like to thank you for your generosity and your efforts to return some livelihood to the lives of the hens. Simple pleasures to us will mean the world to these hens, and allow them to live in happiness.
[Your Name Here]
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