As the European Union’s farmers prepared for the ban on battery cages that took effect on January 1, they faced the option of destroying the chickens currently housed in the cruel cages or upgrading their housing systems. In Coventry and Warwickshire, UK, 2,000 hens slated to be slaughtered in anticipation of the law were successfully re-homed by Ian Farrar, the area’s coordinator of the British Hens Welfare Trust. Farrar has found new homes for more than 31,000 birds over the course of the last three years.
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