In Memoriam: Sweet Pea and Clair

We are incredibly sad to announce the passing of two Tamerlaine residents, Sweet Pea and Clair.

We will remember Sweet Pea for her small size and commanding presence. During her stay in the hospital, Sweet Pea liked to boss around birds three times her size and sneak rides on the back of Jessie's wheelchair. She spent her final weeks back outside with her flock, remaining top hen despite her cancer.

We will remember Clair's very deliberate movements and independent spirit. She decided when she wanted to live in the house and when she wanted to spend time outside, with or without the other birds. S›e was very flighty when she first arrived at Tamerlaine, but slowly warmed up to the humans, to the point where she was comfortable being held and going on strolls side by side.

These two girls were survivors of the egg industry and ultimately died of the industry's lasting effects on their bodies:

They began their lives trapped 24/7 in tiny wire cages—so cramped they were unable to even spread their wings—and infested with lice. They endured hot days and freezing nights, with no comfort other than their hen sisters. At just two years old, their exhausted and manipulated bodies no longer produced eggs well enough to be profitable for their exploiters and so they were destined to be ripped from their cages, shoved into suffocating trash cans, gassed, and sent to a landfill as trash.

Thankfully, there are people in this world who refuse to see living individuals as mere objects for human use and disposal, people who will do whatever it takes to respect, value, and liberate as many lives as they can. A coalition of sanctuaries from across the U.S. did just that in the summer of 2013 and because of these efforts, Sweet Pea, Clair, and thousands of other hens were able to know freedom. These hens—the lucky few among the tens of billions of farmed animals killed each year—were able to stretch, feel the grass and dirt, and sunbathe. They were able to socialize and to have their unique personalities emerge. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide refuge to Sweet Pea and Clair during their too-short time with us. We are thankful we were able to provide a safe and comfortable home for them and to stave off the reproductive cancer all egg industry survivors eventually succumb to. It is for Sweet Pea, Clair, and all their sisters we protest the egg industry and create sanctuary. For the sake of these girls, please be egg-free.