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To Rescue a Battery Hen

Rescue-keepers offer tips and resources on helping abused commercial hens that have been “put out to pasture.”

Eggs may be considered nature’s perfect food, but the process of bringing a constant supply of eggs to humans is not so perfect. The continual increase in population and industrialization, as well as the decrease in self-sufficient living, has brought about many commercial yet less-than-ethical inventions in the food chain, one of which is battery chicken-farming.

Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute, wrote about battery hens in his article “The Cruelest of All Factory Farm Products: Eggs From Caged Hens” for the Huffington Post.

“Battery cages are small wire cages where about 95% of laying hens spend their entire lives,” he wrote. “Each hen is given about 67 to 76 square inches of space (a standard sheet of paper measures 94 square inches). To get a sense of a hen’s life in a battery cage, imagine spending your entire life in a wire cage the size of your bathtub with four other people. You wouldn’t be able to move, so your muscles and bones would deteriorate. Your feet would become lacerated. You would go insane. That’s precisely what happens to laying hens.”

While it has existed for a while, there are people who have seen its downsides and felt the urge to help. For some, their way of helping is through rescuing hens from the egg industry and giving them a second chance at a happy, more natural life. Perhaps you can join the fight?

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