["Numbers rule the universe," Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras said. For the month of May, 13.7 Billion Years will reprise the theme from September 2010, presenting a new number to think about each weekday with the series Crunching Numbers.]
"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." -- Albert Schweitzer
"The hens had spent more than a year crammed into battery cages—these are barren wire cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings," writes Laura Simpson on Care2. "The [rescued] hens were given a second chance at life and are now able to stretch their wings and legs, have dustbaths, preen and feel the sun on their backs and the grass beneath their feet."
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) notes that caged hens "suffer from the denial of many natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and dustbathing, all important for hen welfare. Numerous scientists and other experts [PDF] have spoken clearly about the animal welfare problems with battery cages. One such scientist, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Konrad Lorenz, said:
'The worst torture to which a battery hen is exposed is the inability to retire somewhere for the laying act. For the person who knows something about animals it is truly heart-rending to watch how a chicken tries again and again to crawl beneath her fellow cagemates to search there in vain for cover.'"
Watch the video showing the first tentative steps taken by the rescued hens.
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