Received anonymously by activists in New Zealand:

"Last night (11/2/05) we gained entry to a battery hen farm south of Auckland, leaving with thirty five hens. We witnessed thousands of hens forced to endure a deprived, miserable existence.

Confined three to a cage, the birds had suffered severe feather loss with many appearing to have been rubbed raw. All birds were anemic due to deprivation of natural light. The hens were kept 3 to a cage, unable to move without standing on, or climbing over, each other.

We spent approximately an hour carefully removing the thirty five hens from their tiny cages. The smell of ammonia inside the shed was overpowering at times.

All the birds have been placed into new safe homes."