Since our beginning in 2010, NSW Hen Rescue has liberated thousands of hens and other factory farmed animals from places of abuse and exploitation. We have shared the stories of those individual animals to help people connect with them and see that like dogs and cats, they deserve our respect and compassion. Hen Rescue is entirely volunteer run – we are a small, but dedicated group of vegan, animal activists. We do not want bigger cages, we want empty cages. A world where every slaughterhouse is a sanctuary.
Why caged hens?
Whilst we rescue many kinds of animals, our focus is on caged hens. Caged hens lead a life where they are unable to stretch their wings, find a quiet place to lay an egg or feel the sunlight on their feathers. They have been standing on wire for up to 2 years, unable to scratch at the grass or to perch. Weaker hens who want to hide from their bossy companions have nowhere to go. They may try to scramble underneath other hens, but will not be able to get away.
What about free-range farms?
Intensive barn hens and free range operations are not much better. The hens are usually crammed together so tightly the shed resembles a cage. The hens are hugely stressed and suffer in a similar way to their battery hen sisters. They are debeaked as chicks just like the battery hens and will be sent to slaughter when their egg production slows.
Our suburban garden near Hornsby serves as Hen Rescue Headquarters where the special needs hens have a permanent home. Our amazing volunteer foster carers in Sydney, the Central Coast and Taree provide love and care for the rescued hens until they are well enough to be rehomed. Due to lack of space and resources we can only rescue and rehome on a small scale, but we know that every hen is an individual who values her life and every single life is worth saving. We rehome the hens into loving, forever homes where they will be given wonderful quality of life with people who #lovehensnoteggs.
Catherine Kelaher is a vegan animal activist, feminist and children’s book author who has dedicated her life to liberating caged hens.
She has published two books, Amanda the Teen Activist and Saving Animals: A Young Activist’s Guide which you can purchase from our shop.* 100% of the proceeds from each book goes straight back to the hens.
*Saving Animals is currently being re-published and is currently unavailable.