Activists free battery hens

Animal rights activists have freed 15 hens from an Auckland farm in an effort to persuade more people to boycott battery eggs.

New Zealand Open Rescue spokeswoman Deirdre Sims says the group took the hens because of the conditions they were living in. She says farmers in New Zealand cage 2.8 million hens, all of which are unable to nest, bath or move freely.

Sims says hen farmers should be ashamed of making money from caging hens.

The activists say they had to take action because legislation designed to protect hens from cruel treatment is failing. The activists would not reveal which farm they raided and say they only freed 15 of the thousands of chickens there.