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#1 Old 09-05-2013, 04:32 PM
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Their egg-laying days behind them, some 1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread their wings.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/177fN36) that an anonymous $50,000 donation is funding Operation Chicken Airlift, which will send the hens on a cross-country cargo flight to upstate New York on Wednesday evening.

From there the white Leghorn chickens will be ferried to different sanctuaries. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York, where 200 of the birds will end up, is providing perches, grass and even a wooded area where they can roam.

Laying hens are generally too lean for human consumption and are usually slaughtered after they stop providing eggs.

Video in link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/operation-chicken-airlift_n_3869684.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

What a sweet story! I'm grateful there are compassionate people in the world who can provide these chickens with a good, safe home even if so many others don't get the same. By leading by example maybe they will teach others to view these birds as sentient beings and more than just food.
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With all the horrible news lately it's nice to have a feel good story like this once in a while. I'm so happy that those chickens are finally getting the life that they deserve, happy and healthy.

 

Of course 1200 chickens is a drop in the ocean compared to the ones who aren't so fortunate, but as you say, perhaps leading by example will help us see more of these stories in the future. Also maybe it'll get some people who watch this story to think about what happens to most chickens when they stop producing eggs, something which most people don't ever stop to think about.


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I put this story up on Facebook with the same exact hopes, that it would make someone just 'think' a little more about chickens. I also listed all the things they could do to help chickens from cutting eggs out completely, to going free-range or cutting down on eggs.

 

It's the enormous numbers of chickens that have to go through this, that I think will really jolt some people into reconsidering their part in all of this. 

Really great story though, something good has to come of it!

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I put this story up on Facebook with the same exact hopes, that it would make someone just 'think' a little more about chickens. I also listed all the things they could do to help chickens from cutting eggs out completely, to going free-range or cutting down on eggs.

It's the enormous numbers of chickens that have to go through this, that I think will really jolt some people into reconsidering their part in all of this. 


Really great story though, something good has to come of it!

Thank you for sharing on Facebook! The more people see it the better. smiley.gif

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