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Monday, March 17, 2014

Activists Try to Thwart Mass Poultrycide in Chico

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

  • Jayme Frye

Seven months after saving a large flock of factory farm hens from sure death, the East Bay group Animal Place has hatched plans for another mass rescue.

This time, some 1,800 menopausal red hens seek asylum from a Chico egg farm that's going out of business, according to an Animal Place spokesman. He says the organization has managed to get Sonoma Humane Society on board, but plans can only move forward if they find people to adopt each chick.

Activists claim that most industrial poultry farms treat their hens as egg-laying machines, and exterminate them after egg production slows down. That usually happens at 12-18 months, at which point the hens are gassed and summarily replaced.

Sadly, anyone who eats omelettes, or egg salad, or any other kind of chick ovulatory offal is an accomplice to this poultry industrial complex.

Animal Place hopes that by arranging enough rescue operations, it can throw a wrench in the system. Over the last 3 years, the organization says its rescued some 12,000 and sent them to adoptive homes throughout the U.S. It will transport the Chico flock to its Vacaville sanctuary this Friday, in the hope these birds will spend the rest of their short lives roaming free.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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