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WATCH: Call to rescue hundreds of hens from slaughter

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:01pm 3rd August 2017. (Updated at 3:33pm 3rd August 2017)

A plea has been made to save the lives of more than 200 hens in Cornwall.

It comes as a charity fears the birds, that were being used to produce eggs, could be sent to slaughter if they don't get new homes.

Re-homings are being held in Liskeard and Redruth on Sunday in a bid to find loving owners - and they are promised fun and loving pets.

 

Francesca Taffs, who is from the British Hen Welfare Trust, said: "These hens are actually due for slaughter, so if they don't find homes they will go to slaughter and they will become pet food or go into stocks or soups - something like that.

"We think they make absolutely amazing pets, they do end up becoming a real part of the family.

"They become really tame and if you spend a bit of time with them you can cuddle them, like you would a cat or a dog.

"They do come out looking a little bit tatty and perhaps missing a few feathers - but with a little bit of TLC and within a couple of weeks you'll see their feathers begin to grow back."

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The hens have been working for 18 months, laying eggs to be sold in supermarkets or go into processed foods.

And while they may have been retired from work, organisers say 9/10 hens will still lay.

Francesca says that there has been a positive response to the appeal - with hens landing new homes already in Liskeard, but that there are still a number to be re-homed in Redruth.

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She said: "It's been absolutely amazing.

"I can't believe the response we've had to be honest.

"People are always generally really helpful and really want to help save these lives - but the response we've had this time has just been incredible."

Those interested can get in touch on the charity's website here or by calling 01884 860084 for more information.

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