Praise Animal Welfare Group for Saving Thousands of Chickens

Target: Kim Surla, executive director at Animal Place

Goal: Thank animal welfare group Animal Place for helping rescue more than 4,000 chickens from being gassed.

Thousands of chickens in California were rescued by an anonymous benefactor who paid $50,000 to have many of them flown to the east coast. The hens reached their egg-laying life and would have otherwise been killed in gas chambers. The animal welfare group Animal Place in northern California helped organize their transportation and took in 3,000 of them. For their incredible effort and kindness, they deserve our praise.

The money from the unnamed donor was used to provide safe passage for 1,150 hens on a private jet to the east coast where they will spend their remaining years at various sanctuaries. Commercial airlines would not accept such a large load of chickens so the group had to seek the help of a private jet company. “It’s certainly the first time this many adult birds have been flown across the country,” said Marji Beach, education director at Animal Place. Beach was also surprised that such a large factory operation would have any interest in allowing an animal rights organization going to their property and removing them.

Since 2010 Animal Place has rescued 12,000 birds. Its largest rescue operation so far has been 4,460 hens. The hens from California are only two years old, but are expected to live another two to four years on the farms. Factory hens are forced to endure some of the most horrible circumstances of any animals on earth, and when they are no longer of commercial use, are simply discarded. This will likely be the first time these 3,000 hens have seen the sky. Commercial farm animals are almost never rescued, which is what makes a group as large as this so special.

Please take a moment to thank Animal Place for devoting so much time and effort to ensuring that these hens will not only have the chance to live out their remaining years, but also that they will be happy and free.


Dear Kim Surla,

Along with an anonymous benefactor, Animal Place recently aided in the rescue of thousands of hens from a factory farm in California. More than a thousand were even provided transportation on a private jet to various sanctuaries on the east coast where they will have the chance to live out the rest of their lives healthy and free.

Thank you for all your effort and sacrifice to make sure that these hens weren’t simply thrown away as so many others are each day. A rescue this large is a powerful statement and I hope that it will influence the public to change the way we perceive factory farm animals.


[Your Name Here]

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