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When Fine-Feathered Friends Fly In

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Two dozen multi-colored roosters descend on a chicken sanctuary, changing everything — for the better. . . . → Read More: When Fine-Feathered Friends Fly In

The First Bird

The other co-founder of VINE Sanctuary

Why did the chicken cross the road? To start a sanctuary, of course! . . . → Read More: The First Bird

Here We Go Again (Kaporos 2014 Action Alert)

Birds stacked in crates on a semi in Brooklyn right now

Yesterday, one activist was arrested for rescuing chickens who otherwise would have died of exposure in a crate on a street corner in Brooklyn. Another activist documented the deaths of hundreds of chickens, presumably from dehydration due to sitting in crates in the sun without access to water.

Birds stacked in crates on a . . . → Read More: Here We Go Again (Kaporos 2014 Action Alert)

Once Again, For the Birds…

For many years, VINE has offered refuge to chicken survivors of the Kaporos rituals that take place in New York each Yom Kippur. For those who don’t know what Kaporos is or of our longstanding efforts to end it, please see this report on last year’s protest and rescue.

“Chickens as Kaporos” is an outmoded . . . → Read More: Once Again, For the Birds…

Fighting Rooster Rehabilitation Update

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Two of the 17 former fighting roosters recently taken in by VINE Sanctuary are completely rehabilitated, and several others are nearly there. . . . → Read More: Fighting Rooster Rehabilitation Update

Bird is the Word

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day.

We wish we could be with United Poultry Concerns as they demonstrate at the White House and leaflet the springtime visitors to Washington, DC.

If you can’t join them, there are still things you can do today and through the month of May:

Ideas include leafleting on a . . . → Read More: Bird is the Word

Blue to the Rescue

Blue, the peacemaking rooster

Blue came to the sanctuary from a domestic violence situation. He had been a loner but, last summer, began hanging out with me almost constantly, waking me on my mornings off by crowing on my doorstep. Today, Blue suddenly took off running for the field across the driveway. Why? . . . → Read More: Blue to the Rescue

Reflections on Feeding Kale to Chickens

Hen at VINE Sanctuary

I had an epiphany while feeding kale to chickens this morning.

Today dawned uncommonly warm after an uncommonly windy night. As I lugged water jugs to the foraging yards, I could hear the chickens rustling inside the coops, eager for the doors to open. They sensed and were ready to seize the sunshiny day.

Birds . . . → Read More: Reflections on Feeding Kale to Chickens

ACTION ALERT: Tell Victory Chicken: Stop Exploiting Birds!

ACTION ALERT

The unfortunate fad known as the backyard bird phenomenon is moving in a predictable direction. People are throwing away roosters right and left (unwanted roosters). They are not caring for hens (hurting hens). And now, here come the profiteers wanting to rake in even more money off the backs . . . → Read More: ACTION ALERT: Tell Victory Chicken: Stop Exploiting Birds!

Compassion, Empathy, and Rage: Some Thoughts from the Kaporos Protests

I’ve written before about my skepticism concerning love as a motivator for animal rights work (or, for that matter, liberation work of any kind). Whenever I hear “I just love animals” in the course of a conversation about someone’s rescued dog, I immediately crouch down inside my brain and wait for them to mention the . . . → Read More: Compassion, Empathy, and Rage: Some Thoughts from the Kaporos Protests