December 23, 2007
Animal rights' activists have freed 15 hens from an Auckland farm, in an effort to persuade more people to boycott battery eggs.
New Zealand Open Rescue spokeswoman Deirdre Sims says the group took the hens because of the conditions they were living in. The battery birds were emaciated and suffering from severe confinement. She says farmers in New Zealand cage 2.8 million hens, all of which are unable to nest, bath or move freely. The rescued 15 have been given to 'loving homes for proper care".