It’s time to introduce you to two very special refugees. They have ceased to be a product to be consumed and slaves of a system of exploitation. Now they live being taken care of and respected in their refuge.
A couple of months ago a notice arrived about two hens in an animal shelter of the state. Apparently they arrived there after a seizure in a restaurant, where they possibly would have ended up being served as food…
When we picked them up they had problems in the crop because they were fed the wrong food and in bad conditions, so they had to spend a couple of weeks in treatment.
In addition Lola has a lack of visibility in one of her eyes, possibly from birth or an infection that was not treated, and Ester was cut part of her beak. The partial elimination of the beak in poultry (mainly in laying hens), is a routine practice in the industry to avoid cannibalism due to confinement, and to stop them from breaking and eating their own eggs.
A condemned race
Lola and Ester are Leghorn. In the industry, they call this breed ‘the queens of laying’, since they reach over 300 eggs a year.
It is believed that the origin of this breed is from the Mediterranean, what is proven is that they have been selected during the last century to create a great laying hen.
It is documented that the first selections were made in England and northern European countries. There they were found by American poultry farmers who brought them to the United States. They continued to ‘improve’ them, manipulating their genetic diversity so that they would lay more and more eggs and be more resistant to enclosure, confinement and unsanitary conditions. For this reason today they are one of the most exploited breeds in the egg industry.
But this has had consequences: the process of manipulation that they have engraved on their bodies implies a high probability of suffering reproductive diseases at very young ages.
Therefore, and in order to ensure the highest quality and lifetime, they need a lot of care and food and veterinary treatment. Thus, at least, those lucky enough to receive them can enjoy a life that the rest of their sisters who are exploited will never know.
Their new life
These two sisters love to peck the grass together, they never separate! They take great care of each other and as Lola, due to the problem of sight, does not move with such confidence in her surroundings, Esther helps her a lot to walk in freedom.
The eggs that they lay on a daily basis are returned cooked and mixed with vegetables so that they recover the calcium and the proteins that they lose in each laying.
From now on no one will have them locked in a cage, or exploit their bodies until they can not take it anymore. From now on, they will know the liberation through care, affection and respect.