Moo-ving people toward compassionate living
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Originally Posted: January 7, 2012
[Ed. Note: Update January 16, 2012 Irish Hens: Update from Eden Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ireland]
Please spread the word and write letters to the Irish newspapers and other interested parties letting them know of your outrage at how these birds have been so needlessly deprived and killed. If any birds remain alive, your letter might awaken some compassion in those responsible for them and change their hearts and minds about the decision to kill.
The Irish Times
The Irish Times Building
PO Box 74
24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2 IRELAND
fax 01 675 8035;
firstname.lastname@example.org (No attachments please)
The Irish Independent
Letters to the editor: email@example.com
The Evening Herald
Letters to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Examiner http://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/letters/
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The EU ban on battery cages for egg laying hens became mandatory in Ireland on January 1, 2012. The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) reported to the media that up to 100,000 birds would have to be slaughtered “early” as 10 farmers did not have the required cages to comply with new legislation: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1230/1224309632394.html
Ms. Bernie Wright of The Alliance For Animal Rights (AFAR) approached IFA
Poultry Chairman, Mr. Alo Mohan, and offered 400 homes for the hens in order to
save them from slaughter. One of the homes would have taken 200 hens. Ms. Wright
also offered to match the payment the slaughterhouse would have made to the
farmer, thus not only reassuring them that the birds would have good homes, but
also ensuring that the farmers were not financially compromised by allowing the
birds their freedom. Unfortunately, although Mr. Mohan attempted to secure the
safe future of the birds by approaching the farmers with this offer, he got no
response. On the evening of January 4, 2012 Irish Television News announced that
most of the birds had been slaughtered:
On January 5, 2012 Ms. Wright and Mr. Mohan spoke on Shannonside radio (http://www.shannonside.ie/news-details.php?nid=6833). Mr. Mohan confirmed that 10% of the 80,000-90,000 hens had still not been killed. Ms. Wright repeated her offer of payment to the farmers in return for their release to 400 safe, lifelong homes. She said the farmers may not want to let the public see the poor condition of the birds but that the homes they would be going to are used to seeing battery hens in poor condition and are willing to take them.
It’s an absolute disgrace that these birds have been deprived of their only chance of a life that would have afforded some degree of comfort, care, freedom, rights, pleasure and healing from their tortuous ordeal as battery-caged hens.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!