Oprah HenFree Talks About Chick Lib

| 10/6/2011 11:03:18 AM

Oprah HenFreeMOTHER EARTH NEWS took a minute at the FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa., to interview Oprah HenFree. Named in honor of the Chicken Liberation Movement, Oprah HenFree advocates poultry rights and the end of industrial agriculture practices that limit the happiness of chickens’ lives on factory farms everywhere.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS: So, Ms. HenFree, can you tell us how you got such as interesting name?  

I was given the name Oprah HenFree because of my highly developed people skills, and because I’m campaigning to convince humans that chickens should run free at least part of their lives. I am a certified therapy chicken and go to rehab & retirement centers, schools and events — such as the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. People often ask to have their photos taken with me. I’m becoming a chicken celebrity. (Too bad I can’t give autographs. My feet are great for scratching up bugs, but I just can’t seem to hold a pen yet.) 

I’m part of a larger movement that is working to  educate the public about chickens. We’re working to overcome prejudices about chickens as being dirty, brainless, dumb clucks. People who aren’t around us don’t realize we have our dignity and personalities. We actually are every bit as fun to live with as dogs or cats. 

MEN: What can people do to make life better for chickens?  

The “HenFree” part of my name represents the Chicken Liberation Movement that is happening across the world. I’ve been involved in chick lib since I was a day-old chick. Chicken liberation is about allowing us to live more chicken-like lifestyles. This means being in sunlight, scratching the good earth, and grazing on pasture. (Did you know that industrial ag systems don’t even allow us enough room for stretching and flapping our wings? And the stench in those huge barns — it’s dreadful!)  

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