How you can save a hen’s life
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is holding weekly hen re-homing events around the country between now and November 11 and wants to hear from anyone who fancies adopting a pet with benefits - fresh eggs being one.
The charity is urging people to adopt a flock of hens this World Animal Day to save lives and gain some new family pets in the process.
World Animal Day aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
There are more laying hens across the world than any other domesticated animal, yet the majority remain in cages, out of sight out of mind.
The BHWT’s mission is to one day see all hens kept in small flock free range systems where they can roam outside, enjoying fresh air and sun on their feathers.
Jane Howorth, charity founder, said: “Not only do hens produce one of the most versatile, nutritious and natural foods on the planet, they also make the most wonderful pets.
"The hens we re-home are destined for slaughter once they reach 18 months old; however they have so much life – and love – left to give.
"If you have some space in your back garden we’d love to hear from you, as would the hens waiting patiently in their cages."
Re-homings are taking place in the following locations:
- Lincolnshire (Stamford): Sunday, November 4;
- Nottinghamshire (Newark): Sunday, November 4;
To view the full list of locations or to re-home some hens register your details online at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call the re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084.
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