In the face of mounting feed costs, the owners of A&L Poultry (Stanislaus County, California), abandoned their farm's 50,000 egg-laying hens in February 2012. For at least two weeks, the chickens at this farm were denied food. Nearly one-third of the chickens perished before Stanislaus County Animal Services was notified of this large-scale animal neglect case. With the authorization of county and state officials, a concerted effort to help the surviving chickens was spearheaded by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Animal Place and Farm Sanctuary. This emergency effort is the largest farmed animal rescue in California history. We are calling on the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office to prosecute A&L Poultry's owners for willfully starving 50,000 chickens.
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