a hen's 1st ever steps into the outdoors
This is a sad story. So I'm going to start it off with an 'after' shot.
A Turlock factory farmer abandoned 50,000 hens to starve to death in February 2012.
It was a terrible scene when rescue workers arrived. 50,000 hens had been without food for more than 2 weeks, and 17,000 had already perished. Nearly 30,000 more were in such bad shape that they were euthanized on site.
The owner of the farm could no longer afford to feed the chickens, so he simply abandoned them.
I couldn't begin to imagine what that day must have been like. Click here to read about the experience of one rescuer.
Or, click here to watch a video.
I'm telling you about this for 2 reasons.
1. The rescuers desperately need help to care for the 4,000 survivors.
The rescue groups Animal Place, and Harvest Home did an amazing job getting the surviving hens to safety. Save the Cocks, long-time friends of FOLT, stepped in to take as many of the girls as they could . If you would like to help support them in the largest farmed-animal rescue in California history, please donate through their websites or drop supplies or cash off at For Other Living Things.
2. To remind you to think about where your food comes from.
I'm not going to bombard you with details of suffering on factory farms. If you are unaware of what food producing animals endure, you can read about these egg-laying hens here, or Google 'factory farm' to learn more.
The important thing is to be thankful that we live in an age of growing awareness, where it is easy to make thoughtful choices. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Community Supported Agriculture, farmer's markets; all offer humane options. So rather than dwelling on suffering, I'm simply going to leave you with a few resources that can help you make choices that are consistent with your compassion for animals.
Organic Egg Scorecard - Choose the Kindest Eggs
Marin Sun Farms - Pastured Meats
Full Circle Farm - Sunnyvale Fresh Eggs, Fridays @ 1:30
Full of Life Farm - Humane Meats, Mountain View Farmer's Market
Organic Pastures: Raw, Pastured milk at Campbell & Cupertino Farmer's Market & other locations.
Posts made after 2/1/2013 written by Kelly. Most older articles written by Cathy. She accepts sole responsibility for typos and bad grammarisms.