102 Hens Rescued by Swedish Liberation Service
April 14, 2003 Gothenburg, Linkoping and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

On Monday, April 14th 2003 Swedish animal advocacy group Raddningstjansten (The Liberation Service) coordinated a series of rescues in which 102 hens were rescued from henneries in Grabo (outside Gothenburg - which was visited twice on the same morning), Linkoping and Ornskoldsvik. All the rescued hens lived imprisoned in cages and are now being cared for in safe, loving homes.

The saved hens have now begun new lives in safety, together with humans who will protect them and give them love. They will be able to live real hen lives. For example they will be able to take a bath in the sand, stretch their wings, scratch the earth and see the light of the sun. The rescue action was carried out by Majja Carlsson and Liv Linder.

Ten hens were rescued from the hennery in Hundsjo, Gidea, outside Ornskoldsvik in the north of Sweden. They now are in their new home in the countryside, where they - as soon as they have got some self-confidence - will be able to walk around freely and peck the earth. Ten hens have got a new life. Thousands - millions - still sit in their prisons. No-one can still think that there is no alternative. The action was carried out by Asa Augustsson and Simon Westerberg.

Millions of hens still sit in cages. "We encourage all consumers not to buy eggs this Easter", says Tomas Nilsson, 29-year old biologist, who took part in the action. The group also consisted of Gabriel Collin and Hanna Ekegren.

LINKOPING - 60 Saved
The four activists in "Action Group Pippi" visited Taljestad Hennery, rescued 60 hens from the cages, left a letter to the farmer and took them to their new home. There, they will be cared for in a way that gives them the opportunity to do those things that hens like to do. The name "Action Group Pippi" comes from the fictional character Pippi Langstrump (Longstocking), invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi symbolizes in many ways things that the group puts a value in: full of belief in a better world, strength, struggle, creative naiveness, goodness, rowdyism and sincerity. They also want to honour Astrid Lindgren for her work for the hens and for her authorship. The action was carried out by Alvin Lindstam, Bjorn Schmid, Anders Agebjorn and Sarah Emery.

More information available at the Raddningstjansten website (in Swedish).

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hens rescued from gothenburg

rescued hen suffering feather loss

activists rescuing a hen at ornskoldsvik

the 'enriched' cage system

life in the 'enriched' cage

'action group pippi' activists carrying hens to freedom

conditions inside the linkoping hennery

severely defeathered hen at linkoping

some of the rescued hens in their new home

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