Ava's Story - The Unimaginable Life of a Hen in the Egg Industry
This remarkable video tells the story of Ava, a hen who was rescued from the egg industry.
Like all hens used by egg farms, Ava was due to be executed at a very young age. After 2-3 torturous years inside a tiny battery cage, hens will stop laying eggs at a profitable rate. At this stage, hens are destroyed and replaced with younger ones.
Not many people know that the birds used for egg laying belong to a genetically distorted breed that we've created using selective breeding. The females of this breed lay an unnatural number of eggs, around 200-300 per year. In comparison, a normal, healthy hen would naturally only lay around 25 eggs a year (in 2 cycles). Intensive egg laying severely affects the hens' health, and animal sanctuaries are reporting that most health problems of this breed relate to the reproductive system.
In addition, laying an egg is quite a painful process and in a way, it resembles giving birth or having a very intense period. So by manipulating these chickens to have their period/giving birth on a daily basis, we are seriously lowering their life quality, and this is without taking into account how horrible it is living inside a battery cage.