Like other caring organisations, Animal Re-homing has rescued over 1,500 hens from battery farms. The photographs on these pages are of hens rescued in New Zealand just before their slaughter date.The pictures were taken during rehabilitation in their new or foster homes.
Before slaughter, these birds suffer lives of torment, crammed into cages for up to two years - at which time they are killed because their egg production has declined.
When we collect these birds, we witness first-hand the misery, the stench, the brutal handling, the screaming, the death, the beak mutilation, the featherlessness, the twisted feet, the trampled cage mates, the open wounds, the broken wings, the lifeless eyes. Sitting in a rescue van with hundreds of these wretched creatures, I am always reduced to tears – tears of compassion yes, but also tears of frustration that the solution is so available to each of us.
Is eating free-range eggs the answer? Only if we close our eyes and ears to the reality of all systems - including free-range systems.
For every one of the billions of hens exploited for her egg laying ability, there was a brother. Whether hens are battery, barn or free-range farmed, millions of tiny male chicks are minced alive or gassed because they are superfluous to the egg industry.
See this link http://www.mercyforanimals.org/hatchery/
And when their egg production slows, at the tender age of about 18 months; the hens are killed... and beak mutilation is common with all farming methods. http://www.nzeggs.webs.com/
The humane answer is to stop eating eggs altogether. These reproductive excretions are not necessary for human health. Please boycott cruel industries. That is all it will take for the suffering to end - we consumers have that power.
STOP EATING ANIMALS
The primary way you can assist the most animals is to stop eating them, their milk and their eggs. Please refer to the WHY GO VEGAN page of this website for more information.
Join The Vegan Society of NZ at http://www.vegansociety.co.nz.
Active for Animals is a youth group in Auckland. See http://www.active4animals.org.nz
TAKE THE GO VEG PLEDGE
ADOPT ANIMALS FROM SHELTERS, NOT FROM PET SHOPS OR BREEDERS
See the LINKS page for other re-homing agencies
DONATE FOOD AT NO COST TO YOU
STOP THE DEATH OF ALBATROSS CHICKS. COLLECT PLASTIC FROM OCEANS & SHORELINES
WATCH THE TRAILER FOR THE DOLPHIN MOVIE “THE COVE” & SIGN THE PETITION
WRITE A LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY TO STOP LIVE SHEEP EXPORTS
STOP YOUR CAT HUNTING BIRDS
We have friends who ordered bibs from the UK and are no longer distressed by their cats’ hunting. Watch video & order at this link: http://www.catgoods.com/index.html
DON’T BUY OR WEAR FUR OR FUR TRIM. TELL RETAILERS TO STOP SELLING IT. INFORM OTHERS.
Warning: The footage & images at these links is graphic & will be extremely disturbing to caring people.
TO STOP CIRCUS CRUELTY
Patronise circuses where consenting human beings are the only performers. Animals do not belong in circuses.