Chickens are some of the most abused and misunderstood farm animals. Most people think that these animals are stupid or “bird-brained” and have no concept of the torture they experience in factory farms or care for the eggs they lay – this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, chickens are very intelligent and caring animals. Just check out this mother hen at Santuario Igualdad Interespecie (Sanctuary for Interspecies Equality) looking after her little chicks.

Chickens are smart, beautiful animals with a sense of their own purpose, whether it’s to peck at the ground or raise their chicks. C’mon! The term “Mother Hen” exists for a reason! In ancient Rome, it was considered a compliment if someone told you that “you were raised by a hen”!

It’s important to keep these wonderfully sweet images of this mother hen and her chicks in mind. These images are a great reminder of the incredible work being done by sanctuaries worldwide and by people who believe that animals have the right to live free and be treated with dignity!