Hens Over Humans (Video)
Okay, that may be an exaggeration (we like both hens and humans) but our human rescuers went above and beyond to save the lives of 1,310 hens from gassing at an egg farm. Twenty staff, intern, and volunteers drove more than 12 hours to (legally) liberate hens from metal wire cages. They endured ammonia filled sheds, two foot high manure pits, and the bruising effects of pulling hens gently from small wire openings. And all of them will say this is nothing compared to the degradation and suffering the rescued hens endured for 92 weeks. They lived it for a year and a half – we experienced it for two hours.
Rangy and thin, each survivor is the face of the egg industry. Literally. Every single one has been mutilated, their nerve- and blood-rich beaks severed with a hot laser…some of them have had more than 65% of their beaks removed, meaning a portion of their tongue was cut off as well. When you see one up close, you see what humanity has thoughtlessly inflicted on her for a cheap egg. Unfortunately you won’t see the roosters, the male chicks
While she could live another 4-6 years, the egg industry would have you believe she is “spent” at 1-2 years of age. In a way, they are correct – their bodies are drained of nutrients, rife with disease, and prone to an early death from ovarian cancer and reproductive failure. This is not because of anything fed to them. The modern white Leghorn is, in many ways, a mutant. She produces 260-310 eggs a year, when she should only lay 15-40. Her reproductive system is constantly taxed and so are her bones – she cannot stop her body from sucking calcium from her skeletal system.
But she is not a “spent” hen. She is a wondrous soul waiting to express herself. Watch this video. See how these unwanted hens instantly revel in a sort of reckless abandon in being free. This is what all nonhuman animals want. This is what they deserve. Until more humans opt out of this system, nothing will change. Billions of chickens have been casually slaughtered for eggs no one needs to survive. Maybe for a little bit, it is time to pick the right of a hen to live her life over a human want of a forgotten meal. Hens over humans. In this case, it would not be the worst thing to happen to humans and might be the best thing for chickens.