It is reporting like the article below that really does annoy me somewhat.
Firstly there is no law stating they have to be destroyed at 72 weeks (you wouldn’t be able to rehome them if there was) .
Secondly, the destruction (or depletion as it’s referred to) is simply because the hens are no longer as profitable for the farm to keep. This is because the farm has bought into the egg production process of importing stock, using it at its prime then destroying it at 72 weeks and replacing it. This is the cheapest process that maximises profits.
The article could at least be honest in reporting the story rather inferring people who didn’t turn up to the farm are heartless or in some way at fault or to blame for the already prescribed destruction of the chickens on the farm.
How about, “every year 24,000 hens arrive at a farm to produce eggs and then be slaughtered at 72 weeks of age because they are no longer at their peak of egg production. You can save them from this fate by NOT BUYING THOSE EGGS.” ? I doubt that would sell many papers though would it?