650 Hens Saved from Slaughter

650 Hens Rescued

henNearly 650 hens from a factory farm are safe and sound, their lives spared because of the dedication and commitment of one individual. Ah, the power of one!

For two years, they have known only wire cages, darkness and overcrowding. Their beaks have been "trimmed", an industry euphemism for the painful severing of up to 2/3 of a hen's beak. Their brothers have all been killed, useless individuals to an egg farmer. Each bird's nails have grown two, three inches long. Feathers are missing, a result of forced molting and too much energy wasted on laying eggs.

hen feetThanks to Animal Place and several shelters, these hens will have a life all chickens deserve - a free one. They will know how dirt, rocks and sand feel beneath their feet. They will see the sun, scratch in the dirt, lay their eggs in nests instead of on a cage floor. Their food will no longer contain antibiotics; their source of light will no longer be controlled by machines. They will receive names and their adopters will appreciate all their individual quirks.

Animal Place wishes you to consider adopting a vegan diet. No matter how nice a farm may be, when the bottom line is money, the individual animal's life is no longer valued. Free-range hens are still slaughtered at a young age; cage-free hens are still debeaked. Their value is not in their wonderful personalities but in how many eggs can be sucked from their slender bodies. Below we offer some alternatives to eggs we hope you will consider.

Egg Alternatives

There are myriad egg substitutes available for baking, we hope you'll try these out.

1) Ener-G egg replacer is a commercial substitute for eggs used in baking. It acts as an excellent binding agent.

2) 1/4 cup applesauce + 1 tsp baking powder for one egg.

3) 1/3 cup flaxseeds ground up and mixed with 1 cup water. One egg is equal to 3 tbsp.

4) 1/2 banana mashed for one egg.

Try Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World or The Joy of Vegan Baking for excellent recipes without eggs.

For scrambled eggs, try scrambled tofu mixed with your favorite seasonings.