Aug 18 2010 by ATAAC
Here is what Nathan from Gippsland Chook Rescue has to say:
"I am helping out with a huge chicken rescue. I have organised a trailer and carry boxes to help out with this rescue. As i already have a number of people wanting to take some.
52 thousand laying hens are going to be sent for slaughter for pet food. They are 18 months old.
An animal activist has been able to legally arrange for us to meet the truck that is shipping them off to slaughter. We will be able to take as many of the chickens as we can to rehome.
I am currently taking orders of anyone that can provide a loving home.
If you have a room for some chickens and want your own cruelty free eggs this is your opportunity to do so and save some lives.
The only requirements for you to be able to get these hens is that they will not be killed for food and you must have an enclosure or aviary or shed etc to lock them up at night to protect them from foxes and feral cats.
I will be delivering to the Western Suburbs of Melbourne however i can deliver else where if need be.
The chickens are free so the only cost will be a donation of petrol money this cost will depend on where you live however should only be a nominal amount of around $20 or less for most people. I am only going to charge the petrol costs i am doing this for the animals!!!
I need to finalise the numbers within a short period of time so please forward this email to your lists and if you are able to save some hens please please let me know.
If anyone wants to get some chickens then please Contact 5629 1188 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 1pm on Saturdays to arrange it."