Gordon and Boba were born in an elementary school classroom. They were baby chicks hatched as part of a class project about the birth of new life. What the lesson did not include was the fact that when a group of chicks are hatched, most often 50% are males. Roosters typically have a very difficult time finding a forever home and are often discarded in trash cans, landfills, and worse. In the factory farm egg industry, newly hatched male chicks are often ground alive in "macerating machines."
The family who took Gordon and Boba from the classroom did not know that Gordon was a rooster since baby roosters do not start showing male characteristics until they are 4-6 months of age. Once he started crowing, they contacted CAPE. We said we would be happy to provide Gordon and his hen friend Boba a forever home at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.
CAPE reached out to the principal of the school where Gordon was born, encouraging her to end the practice of classroom egg hatching projects. We are gratified to report that the school will no longer include hatching chicks as part of lesson plans. If you’re aware of classroom egg hatching projects in your community, we urge you to speak out and ask that the teachers not include egg hatchings in their curriculum. Please contact CAPE for more information about this issue and we will be happy to assist you.
Boo & Tina were rescued from horrendous confinement at a factory farm, where the barn was overcrowded with both living and deceased chickens. Boo developed a neurological condition causing her to sometimes walk backwards. They now live with a group of rescued hens at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.
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.
“"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."