Last month, nearly 50,000 hens were discovered after having been abandoned and left for dead at a farm in Stanislaus County, CA, rented by A&L Poultry.
Officials estimated that they were left without food or water for more than two weeks. About a third of the hens had already died of starvation when the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency arrived and more had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape.
More than 5,100 people signed the petition on Care2 to allow rescuers, who were initially blocked by officials, to take the surviving hens and more continue to sign the petition asking for justice for these innocent birds.
In a fortunate turn of events, rescuers from Animal Place, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary were able to save more than 4,400 hens.
“The scale of this week’s effort is truly ground-breaking. A coalition of committed animal protection groups joined forces with Animal Place and Harvest Home to complete the largest ever farmed animal rescue in the United Sates,” said Christine Morrissey, Harvest Home Sanctuary Manager. “In light of the immense animal suffering within the walls of this egg facility, we were grateful to make the best out of a horrible situation. We applaud local and state authorities for allowing rescuers the opportunity to provide life-saving relief for thousands of animals on the brink of death.”
“The Turlock battery hens rescued from the A & L Poultry manure pits deserve nothing less than to be treated like queens,” said Morrissey. At Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, volunteer vet techs Kelle Kacmarcik and Nat Smith gave the new girls deluxe spa treatments. Check out the slideshow:
Hens receive warm baths to remove the heavily crusted manure covering the hens’ legs and rear-ends, followed by feather trims to remove blood-sucking mites.
Pedicures for hens’ grossly overgrown toenails.
Discovering human kindness.
Photo credit: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary