reported by Animal Freedom Aotearoa (click here for more photos from the rescues):

"As summer begins we see spring’s new life rising high from the soil and new animals born into this planet. Unfortunately for most of the animals born into the agriculture industry, their fate is exploitation, abuse and pre-meditated death. This spring, AFA rescued two piglets from a pig factory farm, one bobby calf who had been separated from his mother, and two young layer hens from an industrial “free range” farm.

The conditions of the factory farm we found the piglets in were typical of the ‘pork’ industry. They were confined with their siblings within metal and concrete walls under heated lights, while their mother was in a farrowing crate unable to move around. The stench of excrement was overwhelming as we entered the farm. In the farrowing crates we noticed dead piglet bodies flattened on the faeces-encrusted metal grills. The piglets had been mutilated, with clipped tails, chopped teeth, and other situational injuries. The two piglets have been freed from a life of misery and confinement that would have had them slaughtered for what gets labelled in the supermarkets as “pork”, “ham” and “bacon”.

When we rescued the bobby calf, we found him in a paddock without his mother. He approached us and suckled on our hands as if they were teats. The dairy industry artificially impregnates cows every year to produce milk, and when their calves are born the male ones generally are separated within 24 hours and shipped off to the slaughterhouse. Bobby calves are treated as disposable by-products in the dairy industry while their mothers are mere ‘production units’, reproductive machines producing milk to massively profit dairy companies.

The layer hens we rescued were found on an industrial ‘free range’ farm in a large shed, housing thousands of hens in close confines. While they were not in battery cages and could flap their clipped wings, they are still de-beaked, live in highly stressful conditions and end up short-lived at the slaughterhouse. The two hens were severely dehydrated when we found them. One of the hens had an injured leg disallowing her from walking and barely able to stand. Under the conditions she was rescued from, she almost certainly would have died within days.

These animals have now been placed in new homes where they can express themselves freely and exhibit their natural behaviours.

If you would like to help us continue our rescue work, you can support by getting involved, providing a home for rescued animals, or making a financial contribution. It is expensive and risky work rescuing animals, but for the individual animals it is the most important thing that could happen, in fact, it is their best chance for freedom.

Until all are free!
End speciesism now!"