Planned Rescue of Factory Farmed Hens

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Update – December, 2014 – Pasado’s Safe Haven will soon be participating in a large-scale chicken rescue – and thanks to you, all of the hens we rescue will have loving new homes.

The hens we are rescuing were all treated for mites and they are currently ready to go to their new homes. The Animal Place, which has been instrumental in this rescue, is working to finish all of the regulatory paperwork for the hens’ out-of-state transfer and transportation into Washington State.

The hens are currently doing well and should soon be on their way to Washington. Pasado’s will continue to provide updates to this rescue as it occurs.

When we originally posted the story of these hens, we asked for your help – and you responded.

Thanks to you, each of these hens will have a home when she arrives in Washington State!

Pasado’s would like to thank each and every one of you for your generous response to this rescue. Thanks to those of you who shared this story and stepped up to adopt these girls, every single hen already has a home waiting for her.

We are truly inspired by this amazing public response.

If you would still like to adopt some hens, Pasado’s still has a hen house full of beautiful and deserving girls who are looking for a loving home.

We have handsome roosters, as well, who would love to find new homes.

As soon as the rescued hens arrive here in Washington State, Pasado’s will let every adopting home know and we will arrange for your hens to come home.

Thank you again so very much for helping us help these hens. Together, we truly can be a voice and a force for the animals.

Original story:

November 15th, 2014 – Pasado’s Safe Haven will be participating in a large-scale chicken rescue and we need your help to save lives.

The rescued hens are coming from a small battery cage egg farm in California. The farm, which has agreed to work with animal rescue organizations, is transitioning from cages to fulfill the legal requirements of California’s Proposition 2. Farms have to be in compliance by 2015, so these hens are likely slated for slaughter only due to their age.

The hens Pasado’s will be rescuing are all beautiful, two-year-old leghorns who deserve a chance at a happy life.

The farm has a total of 1,400 chickens. Animal Place can take in 900 hens. Pasado’s is taking in 50 – which is the most that we can take in. Lighthouse Sanctuary in Oregon is taking in 20.

And we are devastated to report that approximately 430 of these innocent animals will not be rescued.

Disposing of hens at around two years of age is standard practice in factory farms – and it’s one of the many reasons why animal advocates worldwide oppose factory farms.

Because this farm is working with animal rescue agencies, there will be no criminal charges in this case.

The rescued hens are all two-year-old white leghorns with beautiful red combs. They have been vaccinated for standard poultry diseases, including Marek’s, Newcastle, Infectious Bronchitis, and Avian Influenza. Despite enduring the conditions of battery cages, all of the hens appear to be healthy and ready to begin a new, happy chapter in their lives.

These hens are going to be slaughtered simply because they have reached the second year of their lives. At two years of age, it is no longer profitable for the farmer to keep them alive, as their egg production is insufficient to offset the costs of their feed. The farmer will also slaughter the cage-free birds who have reached two years of age.

Pasado’s is reaching out to ask if any of our readers or supporters can please open their homes and hearts to a few rescued hens. We will be picking up these hens on Sunday or Monday.

These beautiful birds still have so much life to live: They still lay eggs, they are still friendly and social, and they deserve the chance to know a loving and happy life.

“Leghorns are one of the highest laying hens,” explained one of Pasado’s Cruelty Investigators.

“While they’re two years old and have seen the brutality of factory farms, they are one of the more desired breeds. The only reason that they’re going to be killed is because they’re two years old and this is standard practice in factory farms.”

Pasado’s Safe Haven hopes to be able to provide these saved hens with a chance for a real quality of life. Here at the sanctuary, we have seen just how amazing these birds are.

Chickens are beautiful sentient beings with unique personalities and complex social systems.

Chickens who live in natural settings have complex social systems, establishing a social hierarchy also referred to as the “pecking order.” Each chicken has a unique personality. They enjoy scratching in the dirt, roosting from a high perch, and socializing with one another.

Chickens in factory farms have a far different life, though. Billions of these brilliant birds live their brief lives in deplorable conditions. They live in cramped quarters and are pumped with antibiotics that accelerate their growth, often becoming crippled by their own weight.

Chickens, who are arguably the most abused animals on this planet, are also some of the smartest.

At Pasado’s, we believe that these amazing birds do not belong in battery cages or on the dinner plate. Spending just a few moments in their company demonstrates their intelligence, gregariousness, and friendliness. Our feathered friends never cease to amaze us. Please help us save them.

Pasado’s strives to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Click here to support our work – and to help us continue to be on the front lines of animal rescue efforts.

Thank you – from all of the animals at Pasado’s sanctuary and from those who are still waiting to find their safe haven.

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