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Second life for egglaying hens

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CHANTAL, Margotte and Roxanne are some of the hens who once laid eggs for an industrial farm and now have found homes with families who adopt them for the fresh eggs but also the company.

Poule pour Tous (French for “Hen for All”) has set out to save hens from the abattoir by connecting those “past their prime” with new homes, for the well-being of the animals and the humans!

Egg-layers have a right to retire too! So say Poule Pour Tous, whose remit is to rescue hens from the abattoir and arrange for them to be adopted by kindly owners once their laying career is at an end.

Some 50 million chickens are bred as egg-layers each year in France. We consume nearly 14.8 billion eggs a year, however the egg-layers themselves rarely receive any thanks for their services.

After 18 months of labour, the majority of them are slaughtere­d due to them having exceeded their peak productivi­ty. Less profitable, they are then sold at low prices to abattoirs, which unceremoni­ously transform them into meat by-products.

It’s an unacceptab­le ending for Thomas Dano, who is committed to offering hens bred for egg-laying a second life. His associatio­n travels to various breeders to buy up the hens destined for the abattoir. They are then sold on to individual­s for ¤ 5to ¤7 (RM24 to RM34).

The associatio­n boasts 160 bases across France, with its developmen­t ongoing. After twoand-a-half years in business, nearly 25,000 hens have been saved from the abattoir.

When individual­s purchase one of their hens, she is still capable of laying an average of 1,000 eggs. The hens come with the added bonus of being genuine recyclers on legs, able to transform up to 150kg of food waste a year.

 ??  ?? Hens used for egg-laying deserve a peaceful retirement. —afp
Hens used for egg-laying deserve a peaceful retirement. —afp

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