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PHOTOS: Can you help save 200 hens from the slaughter?

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:03pm 16th May 2018.

Hundreds of hens facing the slaughter are looking for homes in Cornwall.

An urgent appeal has gone out in Liskeard from The British Hens Welfare Trust.

The ex-commercial birds are just 18 months old and campaigners say they have so much life left to give.

It is hoped that people will attend and be able to offer the ex-commercial birds loving retirement homes.

The birds have been working hard laying eggs for supermarkets to sell, or to put in processed foods like cakes and quiches.

The animal welfare charity is holding a hen collection in Liskeard this Saturday 19th May.

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Francesca Taffs from the British Hen Welfare Trust told Pirate FM: "They have been kept in cages for the duration of their lives so far.

"What we do is we go and take them out of their cages at the point when they're no longer deemed useful to the farmer, once they reach that point they are sent to slaughter.

"But we know that they make amazing pets and nine times out of ten they keep laying as well so that's a nice little benefit for people who re-home them."

She added: "They've been living in cages of about 80, living on wire. They've never stood on solid ground or gone outside and seen natural daylight or experienced fresh air or had grass under their feet.

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"They will be doing all of these things for the first time, as they learn how to become normal chickens, they even start to do things like sunbathing.

"They also become really tame and you can pick them up and cuddle them like you would a cat or a dog."

Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to register on the website and then call 01884 860084.

Please note that hens need to be reserved in advance of the re-homing day and, whilst the feel good factor of saving these hens from slaughter comes free of charge, the charity asks for a donation to help cover its costs.

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