Every year numerous roosters are slated to be a part of Kapparot, a religious ritual of animal sacrifice that violently ends their lives. Many of the roosters are rescued by compassionate citizens.
CAPE was able to give three of these roosters a forever home. In October of 2017. Ronnie, Reggie, and Roy arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. Because they are bred for slaughter they do not have a very long lifespan. Sadly, Ronnie and Reggie passed away a year after their arrival. We are happy to say that Roy is still with us. He is a very gentle and easy going rooster who lives with his own flock of hens. For information about Kapparot please go to the official blog “Striking at the Roots” by Mark Hawthorne.
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Gordon & Boba • Victims of a classroom hatching project, they will always be together at the sanctuary. Boo & Tina • Rescued from horrendous confinement at a factory farm, Boo developed a neurological condition causing her to sometimes walk backwards.
Why does CAPE rescue chickens? • Chickens and turkeys are sentient beings. • Nine billion chickens are raised for the food industry each year. • Baby female chicks are slated for the egg industry. They will live in cramped cages under horrid conditions until they are sent to slaughter sometime during the first two years of their life. • Each year over 200 million baby male chicks are suffocated or ground up alive because they are worthless to the egg industry. • The cruelty of the food industry is very similar for turkeys. What can you do to help end their suffering? • You can help by not eating chickens or turkeys. • Consider these excellent vegan alternatives such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, and vegan meat brands such as Gardein, Tofurky, Field Roast, and Beyond Meat. • You can also help by not purchasing or eating commercially produced eggs. Interesting Facts About Chickens: • Chickens love to bathe. Their ‘dust baths’ help them to keep bugs and parasites away. • The term “Mother Hen” came about because hens are wonderful mothers. They purr to their eggs and are very protective of their chicks. • Mother hens will risk their lives to defend their chicks from predators. • Chicken “clucks” have many different meanings such as calling their young or warning others of a predator.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer