An anonymous tip lead authorities to the discovery of almost 50,000 hens who were left for dead at a Stanislaus County farm rented by A&L Poultry in California.
Officials estimated that they were left without food for more than two weeks. About a third of the hens had already died of starvation when the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency arrived and more had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape.
A&L Poultry's owner, Andy Keung Cheung, reportedly ran out of money to feed them.
The remaining few thousand who survived are now being cared for by Animal Place Sanctuary, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary.
Please sign the petition urging the Stanislaus County district attorney's office to pursue the matter and prosecute Cheung for animal cruelty and neglect.
As someone who cares about the welfare of animals, I was saddened to learn that nearly 50,000 egg-laying hens were abandoned and left for dead at a farm rented by A&L Poultry in Stanislaus County.
The suffering and death these sentient creatures had to endure could have been prevented and shows a complete lack of ethics, foresight and responsibility on the part of Andy Keung Cheung, A&L's owner, and shifts the burden of providing cleanup and care to the county and rescue groups who have stepped up to help.
I hope you will consider pursuing this matter and prosecuting Cheung for animal cruelty and neglect to the fullest extent of California law. Thank you for your consideration.