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Animal charity launches urgent appeal to save hens from slaughter

The BHWT is appealing for donations to help fund a new South West based rehoming van

Devon-based animal charity, the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT), has launched an urgent appeal following the breakdown of its South West rehoming van.

The BHWT, which rehomes more than 60,000 hens across the country each year, is appealing for donations to help fund a new South West based rehoming van in order to be able to continue their lifesaving work.

Jane Howorth MBE, founder of the BHWT, said: “In January, the van which we use to collect and transport upwards of 10,000 hens a year broke down. Our local mechanic confirmed our fears and we had to face the grim reality that our trusty van has reached the end of its days. We are now in desperate need of a new van as we have 6,400 hens waiting to be collected from their cages before the end of this month. Without a van, we simply cannot continue our life saving work.

She continued: “This week, we have seen a van that would give us everything we need. It’s modern reliable and efficient to run and fits our very unique specifications that make it suitable to be adapted to transport hens. It is available to buy straight away, but if we don’t act quickly it could be sold to another buyer. I’m asking for help to ensure these sweet birds get the chance they truly deserve. To buy a new rehoming van will cost the charity £20,000, an expense we have not budgeted for. Any donations will be gratefully received to help these birds on their way to a happier future.”

Jane founded the BHWT in 2005, and since that time the charity has saved more than 750,000 hens from slaughter. The team collect ex-commercial laying hens from farms at just 18 months old when they are deemed no longer commercially viable, and finds them loving homes with families looking to adopt some feathered pets.

The charity works across the country supported by a network of more than 1000 volunteers at over 40 hen rehoming sites. As well as its hen rehoming work, the charity is also building the country’s first permanent hen rehoming centre at its headquarters in North Devon, complete with a bespoke hen hospital to help improve hen health and welfare across the UK.

To make a donation towards this urgent appeal, visit BHWT’s website or donate via the charity’s Facebook Fundraiser.

Hear directly from the BHWT Founder, Jane Howorth MBE, on the charity’s youtube channel.

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