Restoring Our Faith In Humanity ????????
On Christmas Eve this chicken now called Pancake was rescued. Taken to the chicken vet in Burwood.
She had just survived depopulation at a caged egg farm where she had eked out an existence for 12 months, imprisoned in a cage for a year before being taken to slaughter. After being literally thrown into a transport crate, breaking the femur bone in her leg, crammed in with 30 other hens and being transported to an abattoir in the full sun at 30 degrees of heat. ( no Chicken vet input!)
The rescuers opened the crate and were able to remove the 12 remaining live birds from the tangled mess of bodies … most passed from the heat (and no one cared).
It appears that not one of the hens rescued that night “mattered” to the universe, aside from the eggs that they laid that sit on our supermarket shelves.
The carer wrote “To walk from that hell carrying those 12 chickens to your clinic (Chicken Vet Melbourne) somehow restored some order to the universe, to carry them from nothing into the hands of someone that truly cares.”
The chicken Vet on duty said that this was an emergency and they would do the surgery ASAP, even though Christmas was only a few days away. That was the best news. So on Friday 1 week ago – we stabilized the fractured leg. The orthopedic surgery went well. She’s was in hospital over the weekend until Sunday, being monitored. We all just want her to have a chance of living a happy life, “a life worth living “doing all the things that chickens love to do like walk on grass and have the earth between their toes, feel sunlight and fresh air.
Battery hens NEVER ever neither walk on grass nor see the sun. And about 15% of birds get a limb broken when depopulated, as they are roughly and literally thrown into crates by their limbs.
The femur or leg bone was broken during the rough handling. See the X-rays. Pancake – a sentient being, a little soul that feels pain and wants a quality life. One look at her and we could see that Pancake was not ready to die!
Although the large bill was discounted with a little help from Santa, there were no short cuts. She was anesthetized, given fluids, the broken bones re-aligned and an Orthopedic pin was placed to realign the fragments, by the chicken vet . With gentle post-operative care and handling by an experienced Avian nurse dedicated to Pancakes anaesthetic recovery, she recovered well (see the picture). Initially we used a chicken wheel chair to support her. She appeared to recover well and was toe touching on the leg within 24 hours, quite a TROUPER!!
The 48 hours after surgery we took her outside – onto the grass in the morning light. She placed her feet on Mother Earth and gently pecked at the grass … for the first time in her life … and it was such a nice relief for the universe!
Thanks to all the animal lovers out there who care for all animals not only dogs and cats. AND SPECIFICALLY to those involved in helping with this rescue – YOU restore our faith in humanity!!
The day after release from the chicken vet in Burwood – we loved seeing the following post – Thanks Tamara.
“She is now a pancake only in name.
Pancake had surgery at Bird Vet Melbourne yesterday and I picked her up today expecting to find a weak girl who needed to be crop fed, but as soon as I saw her, she was eating and talking AND standing up, even putting weight on her bad leg. What a fighter. These hens, they never give up. It’s such a shame how, as a society, we completely give up on them and let them be treated like less than rubbish, when all they really want is that fighting chance to live.
Thanks to Dr Phillip Sacks for a brilliant job helping Pancake become more than a pancake.”
And a last note
I Dr Phil wish that in 2020 we will drastically reduce the abject cruelty we see to factory farmed animals especially chickens and Pigs, during their production and transport to slaughter. In the “lucky country” Australia, a civilized place with great people, I believe with a bit of understanding and knowledge of the cruel farming practices, most reasonable people would change their eating choices. I hope we can produce animals for human use that live a “life worth living”, even though it will increase the cost of the final product.
Wishing you all a happy health new year and hope that people become aware that by purchasing a “tortured animal” from factory farms, they are promoting animal cruelty, and are cannot really animal lovers in the true sense.