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Hens Liberated by The Rescue Service Tonight

In the early hours of April 5, The Rescue Service liberated a total of 39 battery hens, eight from a battery farm near Jörn in northern Sweden, and 31 hens from a battery farm near Östersund, also in the north. The Rescue Service is an organisation that specializes in working against animal oppression, often by liberating animals in danger and provide them with a loving home in which they will be able to live for their own sake and avoid further suffering. All of the hens liberated during last night’s actions are today safe with people who will protect them and give them love. They will live in a natrually large flock with the possibility of being outside daily. In case of illness they will be treated by a veterinarian instead of being killed or left to die, as would be the case at the battery farm.

Up until last night, all of the hens lived locked up in cages. The Rescue Service disapproves of the new modified cages, and finds the name "comfort cages" highly inappropriate. In the new cages, the mortality rate remains high, the hens are still stressed, aggressive, sick and frustrated. They still have an unacceptably low freedom of movement; a hen with low rank has no chance of dodging the peckings from stronger hens. The hens, who are curious by nature, receives neither stimulation nor variation inside the cages. To install areas with sand is similar to giving a prisoner a soap; certain basic needs are satisfied but the days remain intolerably dull and empty. The new cages make a mockery of what we call animal protection. The hens inside continue to suffer.

All creatures ought to have the right to a safe, natural and happy life. For hens this translates into such things as being able to walk and scratch the soil for a variation of foods, to sleep at night and live beyond the peak of their laying abilities. Modern egg industry standards fulfill none of these modest demands.

-Our opinion is that the needs of the hens will never be met as long as they are bred and kept as mass producing egg machines as they are in this day, says Åsa-Maja Augustsson of Umeå, one of the activists.

The cages are cheap and easy to tend to, which makes them popular among producers, who have fought to keep them and so far have succeeded. When Sweden banned the keeping of hens in cages, the egg producers became so enraged and lobbied government bodies until they succeeded to revoke the ban only two years after its initiation. They managed to do this even though egg is not a necessary product for humans.

-You can live without eggs without any problems, assures Niklas Svenlin of Piteå, one of the two liberators in Jörn.

It is of utmost importance to protest against and inform others about the oppression that animals are exposed to. To keep silent equals giving one’s consent. When the law (in this case the Animal Protection Act of Sweden) fails to be enforced, one has a civic duty to act. If it weren’t for disobedient citizens we would still have slaves and women would not be eligible to vote. It is important to make consumers aware about the misrepresentation behind words such as "farm fresh" and "free range." If not, the oppression will continue to expand. Egg cartons printed with scenic farm houses and hens drawn with a smile are as far from the truth as one can possibly get. For the egg producers, though, it is paramount to keep the consumers in the dark about the true situation, especially since a person informed about the industry likely will no longer buy eggs with a clean conscience.

The purpose with The Rescue Service’s action was, besides obviously rescuing 39 hens, to light up the darker side of Sweden’s hypocritical Animal Protection Act. For nowhere can one find as many individuals that are treated capriciously as within the egg and broiler industry. We are talking about millions of birds each year just in Sweden.

-Once all living and sentient beings are treated with respect, are able to live naturally and safe and once no sentient beings are treated as merchandise, then our protests will seize, Niklas Svenlin promises.

For more information and pictures, please contact the action members of The Rescue Service Action 15:

Åsa-Maja Augustsson +46(0)70 969 53 78
Niklas Svenlin +46(0)70 309 71 27

Emma Skyllbäck +46(0)70 327 38 82
Monika Roos +46(0)73 686 82 99 (mornings only, GMT + 1hr)

or visit www.raddningstjansten.org/english/

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

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


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