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Saving British Battery Hens
April 2006

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Tens of thousands of British hens are getting a new lease of life through a scheme which saves battery chickens from the slaughterhouse.

Unlike farm break-ins undertaken by animal rights activists, many hen rescues are done in cooperation with farmers.

Usually, battery chickens are slaughtered after 18 months when they reach the end of their commercial usefulness, despite the fact they're still producing plenty of eggs.

Our Europe Correspondent, Jane Hutcheon, went to rural Devon to see what a hen rescue was all about.

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