You may have followed the rescue story from the very beginning but we wanted to take the video footage from our journey and create a finished project. Our fabulous volunteer Daniel used his video expertise to put it all together for us. Our Director, Dorothy Davies discusses what life is like for the average battery-cage hen. Now that the hens have their freedom they are enjoying the things they were never able to do before. It's a very touching story for all of us.
Back in June we received a phone call about some cows and oxen that needed to be relocated or would be sent to slaughter. The property these animals lived on has been sold. There were two caregivers, one for the oxen and one for the cows. The caregiver for the oxen finally agreed to surrender them to SASHA Farm but the caregiver for other cows was not so anxious. He was so used to selling his cows to slaughter for the past 30 years that he did not see these animals as anything more than dollar signs. However, with the help of a generous donor's persuasion, he gave up the cows. Two moms and their babies found their way to our sanctuary free from the possibility of ever going to slaughter again. We welcome Apple, Little White Heart, Emma and Webb to our family!
Late on September 6, 2013 a SASHA Farm staff member and volunteer arrived at SASHA Farm from New York. They returned with 100 former battery-cage hens. The hens are part of a group of 3,000 Animal Place saved from gassing at a California egg farm. A private donor had the hens flown to New York in a private jet. From there 9 sanctuaries joined SASHA Farm in taking in some of these hens.
These 2 year old Leghorn Hens have spent the first 2 years of their life in a cage. These are battery-cages or industrial agricultural confinement systems. The European Union Council Directive 1999/74/EC had battery cages banned in some European countries. Stating, "It is clear that because of its small size and its barrenness, the battery cage as used at present has inherent severe disadvantages for the welfare of hens". In an industrial egg-producing facility, about half of the newly hatched chicks will be male and would grow up to be roosters, which do not lay eggs and therefore provide no incentive for the breeder to preserve. Most of the male chicks are usually killed shortly after being sexed. Methods of culling include cervical dislocation, asphyxiation by carbon dioxide and maceration using a high speed grinder. The hens are subjected to having their beaks trimmed off to keep them from pecking each other to death. De-beaking causes acute pain and distress with possible chronic pain. In the US, the current recommendation by the United Egg Producers is 67 to 86 in per bird. The space available to each hen in a battery cage has often been described as less than the size of a sheet of A4 paper. There are 8-10 hens in a cage at a time.
1,150 hens are flying in style from Animal Place sanctuary in California to New York for permanent placement. This is the first time in history a private plane has been chartered to fly hens from coast to coast. The hens are part of a group of 3,000 Animal Place saved from gassing at a California egg farm. A private donor stepped up to foot the bill allowing Animal Place to fly the hens in a private jet.
SASHA Farm (Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals) has joined Animal Place and nine sanctuaries in this incredible effort to fly 1,150 hens from California to New York. SASHA Farm will be taking in 100 hens at our sanctuary. “This is the first time adult birds have ever been flown across the country,” says Kim Sturla, Executive Director. “A generous donor offered to fly the hens across the country and we jumped at the opportunity.”
“When SASHA Farm heard about this we were immediately committed to helping however we could. Although this will involve a long drive, almost 8 hours one way, the trip is well worth it. These birds have never touched the grass with their feet or felt the sun on their back. We cannot take back what they have had to suffer at the egg farm. What we can give them is a new beginning. No cramped cages, no expectations. We just want to give these hens the life they deserve. They’ve been deprived of what is natural to them for long enough. They deserve better.” says Director Dorothy Davies
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