Thousands of hens were rescued from certain death and flown across the country in a private plane to start a new life of freedom. A California group called Animal Place rescued 3,000 egg-laying hens about to be killed at a commercial egg farm. Rescuers say these hens are what the egg industry calls "spent hens" and are routinely killed when they’re only 2-years-old.
Critics say most hens spend their entire lives crammed into cages, unable to spread their wings. Many never even see the outside world, never set foot on grass. Chickens in factory farms routinely have their beaks cut off soon after birth, a process called de-breaking, and suffer from osteoporosis because their cages are so overcrowded they can barely move. After about 2 years of this miserable life, they're gassed to death and dumped into landfills. According to critics, this is standard practice.
These kind citizens decided to make a difference. These 3,000 hens will find new, humane homes at shelters like Animal Place in California. More than 1,000 hens were flown from the west coast across the country to New York State, where they were placed in shelters and sanctuaries.
Jane spoke to Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary about what these hens have been through and where they are now.