Posted By Ann

I have had a frustrating three and a half weeks as I was off line for  that time. However like all trials it had its compensations. With less time spent on the computer I got a lot more reading  done. Among the books I enjoyed in this period are two animal books. One was Tatianna by Linda Mohr. This beautiful book  chronicles the fifteen year relationship between Linda and Tatianna, For those who have ever had a close relationship with a cat (or any other animal) this book  will strike a chord;  Linda brings out the true essence, or soul of this lovely cat. Those who think of cats  as cool and self possessed are so wrong, cats are all emotion and capable  of immense love for their human friends. www.lindamohr.com


The cruelty endured by Australia's 11 million battery hens knows no bounds. Denied sunshine, fresh air and freedom, they are treated like production units rather than living beings, crammed into barren cages with up to four other birds. These intelligent and social hens suffer painful leg injuries and have no quality of life, imprisoned for the sole purpose of producing eggs for human consumption. (Christine Townend)


It was the plight of battery hens that precipitated Christine Townend, founder of Animal Liberation in Australia into a life of working tirelessly for the betterment of all animals both in Australi
a and India. I have  loved hens all my life and agree wholeheartedly with Christine's words.
In the 1970s she campaigned again hens kept in batteries, four decades later hens are still kept in batteries but today at least people have a choice and can buy free range eggs in the stores.   But there is still a long way to go, sentencing any living creature to a short and miserable life in prison cannot be right. For more on this  and what you can do about it see www.AnimalsAustralia.org


CHRISTINE'S ARK, which is a biography of this remarkable Australian and the work she has done for animals is also available from this web site. It is an inspiring book guaranteed to  grab and keep the attention of anyone who cares about animals, pu
blished in 2006 by Macmillan the author is John little.

 

happy hens

 
4 Comment(s):
jenny said...
When I was working as a Security Guard, I had the misfortune to work at a Chicken Farm. They were all caged birds and the sight was dreadful. Someone had been trying to put them out of business by poisoning the Birds water supply. I remarked that the birds that had died were the lucky ones. (That comment wasn't taken too well by the owners of the place.) The farm stank and the dropping underneath nearly reached the bottm of the cages. It got worse at night!!! The RATS came out!!! They would scamper across the tops of the cages beheading any chicken that had it's head sticking out. A Lot of rats died that night!!! I don't like causing pain to any living animal, but these rats were not nice rats and they were in plague proportions. They were so thick on the ground that it was dangerous for me to walk anywhere, so I just drove the car back and forth over them.I called the RSPCA to report the conditions, but nothing was done. I feel so sorry for any animal that is caged, be it chickens, Dog, Cats, or any other animal. I really wanted to put the owners of that business into a small cage and then stand back and say "Well, how do you like it!!!". Jen
April 18, 2010 12:40 PM
 
Christina Louise said...
Ann, what a great topic for your blog, and it's good to hear some words on behalf of the poor hens. I have read "Christine's Ark" and enjoyed it immensely - what an amazing and motivated woman she is. I will keep an eye out for "Tatianna" as well! Warm wishes.
March 28, 2010 3:35 PM
 
Linda Mohr said...
Ann, Thanks for taking the time to share the Tatianna book on your blog. I appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed reading when your computer was down! Warm Purrs, Linda Mohr
March 22, 2010 1:16 AM
 
ingrid said...
I agree whole heartedely about the battery hens. The cruelty done to these highly intelligent animals go beyond description. I was once the lucky owner of over 400 ex battery hens and I rehomed another 200 when I had my farm. Many of these hens lived well over ten years of age, not as laying machines, the eggs were a plus to the other animals I took care of and I had a roaring egg business going but what was more important and satisfying was to see these mistreated and abused animals when they first stood on grass, when a wing came out to stretch, many fell over the first time, when the beak was used to peck the dirt and how their muscles grew stronger and they learnt to trust me. They got warm porridge in the winter, they were free range in the garden, the four dogs made sure they were safe from foxes and at night they were locked up in their chook house with my cat Pussy Svea which had decided she rather lived with the chooks than in the house with us. I may run a cat shelter now a days but chooks are so close to my heart I dare say they are my favourites. Little Mabel which every day came up to the house, in through the cat door and made herself at home in one of the dog's baskets after having sampled various foods put out for the furry animals. Blenda which insisted on sitting on my feet as soon as I was still. Henrietta which helped me with the gardening, guess she was lazy and used me as a digger for grubs. I miss them all so much and one day I will have hens again and they will again be bought from a battery farm though I do hope that no such places will exist then. I urge everyone to pay that extra dollar for free range eggs. Our farm animals are the most mistreated animals on this earth.
March 20, 2010 8:08 PM
 
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