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. JellyBean

    Awesome, good work.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  2. 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
  3. 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

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