The open rescue from a factory farm of a ewe and her two lambs.
Arriving at their new sanctuary home.
Preparing to enter a factory farm which holds 160,000 hens in 4 sheds.
Choosing the five hens that will be rescued. This is the hardest part of a rescue and activists always leave with a sense of loss and sadness at having to leave the thousands of other beings behind.
Rescued chickens en route to their new home.
Success! Five rescued chickens and many happy activists.
On the way to the veterinarian for health checks.
Waiting to bring the chickens into the vet room for their health checks.
Noon and still no sleep from the previous night's rescue. The activists and the chickens await their visit with the vet.
Sweet, curious, funny little chicken!
The vet describes the poor conditions that the chickens are in. These factory farmed chickens are badly debeaked, covered in mites, have plucked each other's feathers out and their stool samples show parasites.
Each bird is checked and treated by the vet before going to their new home.
We named this rescued chicken Olivia. She was very badly debeaked. The infection and loss of her eye is a possible result of the debeaking. She can't eat properly with her crooked beak so she used her tongue to pick up seed. She has an incredibly resilient and independent spirit and we were all so charmed by her.
When chickens are kept in cramped cages they pluck each other's feathers out.
The rescued chickens' first morning in the sun and grass.
Stretching, walking, exploring, sunning themselves. It was amazing watching them do these things for the first time.
This is Olivia, exploring her new surroundings.
Despite the abusive lives these chickens have endured at the hands of humans and in the name of consumerism and capitalism, they bonded with their rescuers and felt comfortable climbing on them and lying quietly in their arms.