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The Rescue Service Svenska English

Action Story

The smell of ammonia came at us like a wall several meters from the entrance as we rolled up in our rental car. We had reached our target, and this was the moment we had been waiting for. Eight hens would be rescued from a life of misery. We pulled at the handle to the huge, yellow hangar-looking building, hoping for the door to open. But no such luck: it was locked. With the help of a crowbar and a will of steel we managed to get the door open. It was a relief to get started. Our first view of the place was wholly unexpected. The building was filled with hens walking around and we almost vomited from the ammonia-filled air. Our throats burned.

Okay, fast decision time, how should we do this? We already knew that Bohman’s Hen Farm Ltd. consisted of both "free range" facilities and battery cages. Naturally we didn’t give up quite so easily, but initiated operation "find the battery hens." We walked among the large suspicious looking buildings and listened intently and sniffed the air. But we heard no clucking. No, it can’t be true; we must not leave this village with our mission unfinished. All the preparations, and all of this nervousness. Our courage rose along with the morning sun.

We drove aimlessly around the village houses, reached an intersection, right or left? Left someone said, and after a few yards the sought after building appeared. That must be it! Only we had driven way too close, and the building was surrounded by several residences. In addition, several of the windows were lit. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We entered the (unlocked) building and liberated eight hens.

Oh, the pain of leaving that place, leaving behind several thousand other hens in their narrow cages. They only have the rest of their one year average life trapped in their cage to look forward to, and the first and only time they are allowed out of their cage is to meet death. Neither of us could believe they were this many, or that they lived this crowded. If anyone is comfortable with the "comfort cages" it is the hen farmers, definitely not the hens. We loaded the banana boxes, which temporarily housed the hens, into the boot of the car and drove off, relieved.

We had done it! It was a wonderful feeling to hear the cackle from the back of the car. Now you will be able to live a life worthy a hen! We played "I don’t eat my friends&qout; by Dennis Lyxén and DiLeva on the car stereo and the rush of joy was a fact. We were overcome with fatigue and an intense hunger as we arrived at the hens’ new home. After we had let them out of the banana boxes and watched them stretch their wings for the first time in their lives, we were able to truly relax, and we ate fresh baguettes and slept for an hour. Damned we are good!

Åsa-Maja Augustsson & Niklas Svenlin

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Åsa-Maja Augustsson The Rescue Service
c/o Westerberg
Språkgränd 41 3tr, SE-907 33 UMEÅ
SWEDEN
Pg: 112 98 26-2 (account for donations)
info@raddningstjansten.org

Contact: Åsa-Maja Augustsson
Phone: +46(0)709-695378



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ACTION 18
Oct 21, 2007
20 hens rescued
ACTION 17
Nov 27, 2006
12 hens rescued
ACTION 16
May 2, 2004
120 hens rescued
ACTION 15
April 5, 2004
39 hens rescued
ACTION 14
April 27, 2003
Hatchery disarmed
ACTION 13
April 14, 2003
102 hens rescued
ACTION 12
October 11, 2002
0 hens rescued
ACTION 11
August 12, 2002
17 hens rescued
ACTION 10
June 2, 2002
38 hens rescued
ACTION 9
April 14, 2002
12 hens rescued
ACTION 8
March 27, 2002
16 hens rescued
ACTION 7
March 17, 2002
21 rabbits rescued
ACTION 6
Aug. 5, 2001
Abattoir disarmed
ACTION 5
Feb. 21, 2001
6 hens rescued
ACTION 4
Dec. 14, 2000
3 hens rescued
ACTION 3
Maj 7, 2000
36 hens rescued
ACTION 2
Feb. 15, 2000
5 hens rescued
ACTION 1
Oct. 28, 1999
24 hens rescued

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