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Cock A Toodle-loo: 1,150 Hens Are Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

And you thought you felt cooped up on a plane

Photograph courtesy facebook.com/animalplace

Yes, you read that right. No, this is not a sequel to Snakes on a Plane. Tonight, over 1,000 hens will be flown from Los Angeles to New York in a private jet—the first time in history that an aircraft has been chartered for such a thing.

These hens, part of a larger group of 3,000 are headed for greener pastures: initially sentenced to gassing at a California egg farm (a sad, commonplace practice enacted when a hen’s egg production slows), the group was saved by California’s Animal Place sanctuary. “These hens have been through so much,” says Jamie London, the refuge’s Animal Care Director, who will be accompanying the hens on their flight to New York. “And like dogs saved from puppy mills, these hens have been liberated from a life of misery.”

With some help from New York’s Farm Sanctuary and nine other shelters (along with some very accommodating vegans and vegetarians), the 1,150 birds headed east this evening will be able to live out the rest of their lives in peace. “Chickens are smart, social animals,” says Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director. “Here, they will be able to spread their wings, sunbathe, breathe fresh air, and do all the things that chickens love to do.” The remaining 1,850 are available for adoption through Animal Place California.

Cock-a-Toodle-loo, girls!

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