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California animal sanctuary flies 1,000 hens to safety from Iowa egg farm


An animal sanctuary has flown 1,000 hens to safety from an egg farm in Iowa.


Animal Place flew the birds to their sanctuary in California with the farm set to “depopulate” the birds with COVID-19 reducing the orders of animal products.


The egg farm asked not to be identified.


Animal Place animal care director Hannah Beins said:

"The entire process, from the 27-hour drive, arriving at the farm at 3am, loading and unloading full crates from the planes and vehicles, and going straight to caring for them once we arrived at the sanctuary was the most exhausting experience I've ever had.
“I would do it again in a heartbeat, because until their rescue these hens never got to touch grass or feel the sunshine, and now they can live out the rest of their lives as chickens should."

The flight from Fort Dodge, to Truckee, was eight hours long including a stop to refuel.


The hens will be nursed back to health and then adopted into backyard flocks throughout California.


Animal Place executive director Kim Sturla added:

"Given the distance and the logistics, our staff and supporters had to step up even more than usual.
"Unfortunately not even we can take in 100,000 hens, which is a drop in the bucket of the hundreds of million hens killed annually by the egg industry, even in a typical year without a global pandemic."

Animal Place say they will serve 1,000 vegan lunches in farmworker communities to show appreciation for their work feeding the nation.



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