Nonvegan charity The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) helped nearly 5,800 hens avoid slaughter last week - despite being 'staunch supporters' of the British egg industry.
The commodification of animals is clearly endorsed on the BHWT's website, wherein the economic value of the egg industry is emphasised alongside guidelines to animal welfare.
However, the charity also rehomes countless animals, which they usually keep in groups of four or six, and give to either schools or individuals.
Many of the adoptees eggs are taken - although feeding them to to the hens that layed them is an alternative option.
The most recent rescue relied largely on the help of dozens of volunteers, who collected the hens from three local farms.
The organization's Founder Jane Howorth said: "I am in awe of the dedication of our volunteers around the country who make such a difference to so many hens.
"Likewise the team at Hen Central do a phenomenal job in ensuring that the logistics are all in place and the right hens get to the right homes at the right time."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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