Over 200 hens who were destined for slaughter now have a safe home with Farm Sanctuary. But some animal advocates see a problem:
“Farm Sanctuary is asking for donations [click here to read more] to help it rehabilitate (some of) the victims of the welfarist paradigm that it – promotes! (Farm Sanctuary was an aggressive promoter of Proposition 2 in California, for example, a regulatory measure that will – it is claimed (by welfarists) – make animal agriculture more ‘humane,’ but which will, in reality, do nothing to protect animals from the abuses inherent to being used as property).” says James Crump.
Problems with Crump’s reasoning:
- Banning battery cages =/= promoting free-range. They are not the same thing and they do not go hand-in-hand.
- “These chickens were found crowded together on the second level of a barn, not freely roaming green pastures.” (source)
- Farm Sanctuary is a sanctuary for animals from farms. It’s absurd to think they shouldn’t offer a safe home to these chickens, regardless of their politics. (example)
- Prop 2 hasn’t taken effect yet. When it does, it’s only for California.
- Many of these chickens came from New York, not California.
- The proposition’s language doesn’t “promote” anything. It merely bans some of the most egregious forms of cruelty to farm animals: “a person shall not tether or confine any covered animal, on a farm, for all or the majority of any day, in a manner that prevents such animal from: (a) Lying down, standing up, and fully extending his or her limbs; and (b) Turning around freely.”
- All of the chickens deserve better than they received at the farms. These individuals need sanctuary.
“The first group of hens to arrive at Farm Sanctuary included 151 Rhode Island Red chickens from a Pennsylvania ‘free-range’ farm that closed down and planned to send the birds to slaughter only days after we received a call to save them. Though raised in an environment thought to be humane, the hens we greeted were what the industry calls ‘spent’ – their bodies strained and exhausted from years of unnatural egg production and their beaks marred from the painful mutilations they endured as chicks.”
“Once confined and crowded together on the second level of a barn, not free-roaming as their classification as ‘free-range’ suggests, the chickens have since discovered the pure delight of unlimited access to the outdoors. Even with the cold and snow at our New York Shelter, these girls will not be deterred from going outside and burst forth from their barn each morning to search for the next big thrill to be had in their new life. Their love of freedom and fresh air is so great that nothing easily lures the hens inside at day’s end.”