The British Hen Welfare Trust was established in 2005 by Jane Howorth, and is Britain’s first registered charity for rehoming laying hens. Jane was awarded the OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for her work in rescuing and rehoming over 700, 000 caged hens , who would otherwise have been slaughtered.
There are approximately 16 million hens kept in colony cages in the UK. This charities aims to rehome as many as possible when they come to the end of their commercial egg laying life. In addition they also educate consumers about caged eggs hidden in processed foods, like pasta, quiches, cakes and mayonnaise so people can make an informed choice when shopping.
The charity has collection points across the UK and is helped by 800+ volunteers. People can donate to the charity or help in a number of ways, making a home for our feathered friends is just one of these.
Fancy getting involved, making a donation or even liberating a chicken to your own back garden then go to their website www.bhwt.org.uk or phone them on 01884 860084
This is their latest Press Release
Jam-pecked June Will See Over 14,000 Hens Break Records .
This summer is set to be a record breaker for a national hen welfare charity, with more than 14,000 birds being saved from slaughter – 1,350 of which will be rehomed in Wales.
The British Hen Welfare Trust’s network of 900+ volunteers will be flocking to farms all over the UK to take hens out of their cages, with the end goal being to rehome them in people’s back gardens. BUT the charity needs the public’s help!
With over 14,000 ladies looking to start their free-range retirements in a single month, they’re appealing to people who have bit of extra space in their back garden plus a passion for animals to get in touch.
Most of the hens being rehomed have been living in cages for 18 months, working hard to lay eggs for supermarkets and to go into processed foods. Once they reach that age their egg laying slows down so they are sent to slaughter. That is, unless the BHWT steps in to rehome them as pets.
The charity can’t guarantee the hens will continue laying, but nine times out of 10 you’ll get enough eggs to enjoy a free-range eggy breakfast. A pet with benefits!
Gaynor Davies, BHWT Head of Operations, said: “Our Wales teams are delighted to be part of this record-breaking effort and, with any luck, come July there’ll be thousands more hens enjoying the summer sunshine on their wings. We’ve got 1,350 hens looking for homes in Wales in June and July, so please get in touch if you can help.”
Rehomings are taking place in the following areas:
- Pembrokeshire (Boncath): Saturday, 6 July
- Wrexham: Saturday, 29 June
To reserve your feathery flock simply register your details at https://support.bhwt.org.uk/RegisterAHen.aspx and then call Hen Central on 01884 860084.
British Hen Welfare Trust
Hope Chapel, Ash Moor, Rose Ash, SOUTH MOLTON, Devon EX36 4RF
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