This was emailed to me earlier today: Marin Humane Society saves 140 hens from California factory farm Cage free at last: Hundreds of hens spared from slaughter (NOVATO, CALIF., December 8, 2008) 140 hens just days away from slaughter arrived at the Marin Humane Society this weekend from a Northern California egg production facility. More than 500 hens in total were brought to area humane organizations where they will be placed for adoption as pets and egg layers. Every year more than 250 million hens are slaughtered at 2 years of age because their egg production no longer supports the bottom line, said Suzanne Golt, executive director of the Marin Humane Society. Were happy to be able to provide these 140 hens, who have lived in cramped cages their entire short lives, the opportunity to spread their wings and enjoy a dust bath for the first time. Last month, California voters overwhelmingly voted to pass Proposition 2. Prop 2 requires that certain animals raised for food, including egg laying hens, be provided with enough space to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs. The California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act goes into effect in January of 2015, giving factory farms six years to shift to different housing systems. The Marin Humane Society is hoping to find homes for the hens before the holidays. If you are interested in adopting a hen(s), please call 415.506.6225.Along with the Marin Humane Society, the hens have been placed for adoption with Animal Place in Vacaville and the Humane Society & SPCA of Sonoma County.