Hen re-homing event postponed after Defra decision
1:22pm Mon Jan 09, 2017
 
The hen re-homing session, in South Clifton, has been postponed for a second time due to the extension of the Avian Flu Prevention Zone.
The hen re-homing session, in South Clifton, has been postponed for a second time due to the extension of the Avian Flu Prevention Zone.
A hen-rehoming session in South Clifton has been postponed for a second time after the Avian Flu Prevention Zone was extended.
Hundreds of hens were due to be given a new home on Monday, January 16, at an event organised by the British Hen Welfare Trust charity.

After the outbreak of Avian Flu in December, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) banned any poultry gathering or to allow hens to go free range.

The initial ban was due to end on January 6, but has since been extended to February 28. There are currently no new dates for the re-homing events.

As a result around 12,000 hens which were due to be collected by the British Hen Welfare Trust in December, January and February have now gone to slaughter.

Jane Howorth, charity founder, said: “We are best known for saving the lives of thousands of hens intended for slaughter so this is a difficult time for us.

"However, we take pride in acting responsibly and agree that Defra’s decision to extend the prevention zone to help protect national backyard and commercial poultry was the right one."

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