September 9th, 2013
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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 two 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-beaking, 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.

Read - Hens fly cross-country to freedom on HLN

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  1. Alien8

    I saw the Spent Hens warming up for Chicken Shack back in the Sixties. Helluva show.

    June 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Albert the Alligator

      Did they still have that chick singer?

      June 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • Ferrous Boiler

        They were plucked up when I saw them.

        June 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Church Lady

      I saw them open for the Buzzcocks at CBGBs. Helluva show.

      June 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  2. Foghorn Leghorn

    What, I say what I wanna know is are they gonna WASH the chicken first?

    June 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  3. Jayakumar

    OMG. Even humans are not treated this well. Why cant we first save the humans on this planet before tryng to save hens. When did we get or priorities all screwed up.

    June 18, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I blame Saturday cartoons about cute talking fuzzy wuzzy animal babies.

      June 19, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
  4. Foghorn Leghorn

    That kind of chicken is, I say, that kind of chicken is genetically doomed anyway. They were bred to be egg machines, not chickens. It's nice that these people care, but they'd have more luck with Rhode Island Reds.

    June 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  5. JellyBean

    Awesome, good work.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  6. Peeps over Hens

    How many hungry children or out of work families could have been fed with the money spent to save spent hens? What about a chicken in every pot?

    Is it really humanity to spend precious resources on farm animals than destitute humans, some who can't afford to pay for chicken eggs. Why is a chicken more needy than the poor in Hatti who eat mud pies to keep from feeling hungry; why is a chicken more needy?

    September 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      It's THEIR money. Why do you have a computer and a pair of pants when starving people could have been fed with that money? Sell, I say sell your car and feed the poor. You will get your reward in heaven. Maybe. It could happen.

      June 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  7. Truth™

    I don't care what the cast of "The View" is doing during their hiatus...

    September 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Yes!

      September 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • RC

      That hen house can STAY on hiatus as far as I'm concerned.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Kat Kinsman

      I shouldn't laugh, but I totally am.

      September 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      They are having, I say they are having one of them HEN parties.

      June 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Reply

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