U.K. charity rescues battery hens

The United Kingdom’s first registered charity for laying hens, founded in 2005, has “helped tens of thousands of hens enjoy a second chance in life rather than go from cage to slaughter.” A more specific number is 250,000 hens. According to its website, The British Hen Welfare Trust receives an average donation of £3-4 per “ex-bat,” so do the math.

Donations “fund our hen collections as well as our educational programme,” says the charity, whose patrons include celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, actress Amanda Holder and the Duchess of Richmond, who has her own flock of rescued birds.

Better Farming - December 2011