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Charity saves thousands of hens from slaughter

A national hen charity saved almost 6,000 hens from slaughter recently, 217 of which were re-homed from Stamford.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity which helps re-home commercial laying hens destined for slaughter.

Over just two days the charity has saved 5,800 hens – give or take a feather – from slaughter, with the hens going off to their new homes typically in pet-sized flocks of four to six hens on the same day they come out of their cages.

This equates to 827 individual adoptions at pop-up sites with teams that spring into action to help these wonderful little pets to make the most of their new found freedom.

This incredible feat involved dozens of volunteers from 15 regional teams going almost simultaneously to three farms.

Volunteers get up at the crack of dawn and finish late in the day, exhausted but elated that so many hens have been helped.

The charity will be re-homing another 300 hens in Stamford on Sunday, July 15.

Visit www.bhwt.co.uk for more information.

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