BRITISH HEN WELFARE TRUST
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: www.bhwt.org.uk
MORE: See the DEFRA website https://www.Gov.Uk/government/news/avian-influenzabird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017