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Hen rehoming charity launches an urgent appeal

Hen rehoming charity launches an urgent appeal

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 16th February 2020. (Updated at 12:30pm 16th February 2020)

A charity which helps rehome hens across Cornwall has launched an urgent appeal to save more from the slaughter.

The British Hen Welfare Trust's south west re-homing van has broken down. 

Now they are appealing for donations to help fund a new vehicle in order to be able to continue their lifesaving work.

The charity, that regularly holds rehoming sessions in both Redruth and Liskeard, currently has more than 6,000 hens in need of new homes!

"In January, the van which we use to collect and transport upwards of 10,000 hens a year broke down. Our local mechanic confirmed our fears and we had to face the grim reality that our trusty van has reached the end of its days. We are now in desperate need of a new van as we have 6,400 hens waiting to be collected from their cages before the end of this month. Without a van, we simply cannot continue our life saving work. 

"This week, we have seen a van that would give us everything we need. It's modern reliable and efficient to run and fits our very unique specifications that make it suitable to be adapted to transport hens. It is available to buy straight away, but if we don't act quickly it could be sold to another buyer. I'm asking for help to ensure these sweet birds get the chance they truly deserve. To buy a new rehoming van will cost the charity £20,000, an expense we have not budgeted for. Any donations will be gratefully received to help these birds on their way to a happier future."

Jane Howorth MBE, founder of the BHWT

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Jane founded the BHWT in 2005, and since that time the charity has saved more than 750,000 hens from slaughter. 

The team collect ex-commercial laying hens from farms at just 18 months old when they are deemed no longer commercially viable, and finds them loving homes with families looking to adopt some feathered pets. 

As well as its hen re-homing work, the charity is also building the country's first permanent hen re-homing centre at its headquarters in North Devon, complete with a bespoke hen hospital to help improve hen health and welfare across the UK.

You can find out more and how to help on the website here.

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