Your Chickens - - Feature | Bird Flu - The British Hen Wel­fare Trust was forced to let 12,000 hens go to slaugh­ter due to the threat of bird flu.

Jane Howorth MBE, char­ity founder, said:

“We are best known for sav­ing the lives of thou­sands of hens in­tended for slaugh­ter so this is a dif­fi­cult time for us. How­ever, we take pride in act­ing re­spon­si­bly and agree that DE­FRA’s de­ci­sion to ex­tend the preven­tion zone to help pro­tect na­tional back­yard and com­mer­cial poul­try was the right one.

“Every­thing we do as a char­ity re­volves around hen wel­fare so we are greatly sad­dened that 12,000 hens didn’t get their chance to en­joy a free-range re­tire­ment, but we are look­ing for­ward to March when we hope that thou­sands will be able to en­joy the spring sun­shine for the first time.” MORE:

MORE: See the DE­FRA web­site https://www.Gov.Uk/gov­ern­ment/news/avian-in­fluen­z­abird-flu-in-win­ter-2016-to-2017

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