Consuela at the Landfill (Now Playing)
While the majority of factory-farmed animals meet sad and ugly fates, some like Consuela, a lucky little hen rescued by Liz and Garret Perry, experience the blessing of human kindness. Spotted by the couple amid the chaff and waste of the Deer Track Park landfill in Wisconsin, Consuela bore evidence of the ruthless conditions of factory life; she was emaciated, missing many feathers and suffering dehydration.
Upon questioning a landfill worker, the Perrys learned that she was likely a survivor from a group of chickens gassed and dumped there by Creekwood Farms, Inc. Hens labeled "spent" by the industry, meaning that their egg production has declined enough to render them unprofitable, are routinely asphyxiated in Co2 gas chambers. Hens that manage to survive the process often linger for days, suffering until they die on their own. Thankfully for Consuela though, this is one story that ends happily.
People frequently comment that it was heroic of the Perrys to rescue Consuela, which is something that Liz Perry finds difficult to understand. "I can't imagine anyone not stopping and getting her out of that situation." She adds that Consuela has changed her in the sense that she has learned to appreciate chickens as individuals. As she puts it, "Chickens are amazing."
This remarkable story was covered in Liz's local paper.