Become a caring consumer Patrons & Celebrities

HERE’S WHAT OUR PATRONS WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW:


Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

The British Hen Welfare Trust has passionately defended the farmers, saying they’re not bad people; they’re just stuck between a rock and a hard place because farming of recent years has been so tough.  And do you know what?  Whether I believe that what they’re doing is right or wrong, I don’t want to rant at the farmers either, it’s more about encouraging you to buy from stock that’s been reared as naturally as possible.

From now on, when you buy your eggs, have a look at the box to check they’re free range and feel free to ask at restaurants about the type of eggs they’re using.  I’m really pleased to say that things are changing.  About 80% of us now buy free range or organic eggs, but 66% of eggs in this country still come from battery farms and while we’re consciously making an effort not to buy battery eggs (because we rightly feel uncomfortable about the whole thing), we need to think about all the processed foods we might buy that have eggs in them too: quiches, biscuits, cakes, mayonnaise, cheap ice cream etc.  Some supermarkets have phased out battery eggs completely and if this continues we might see the 66 per cent coming down to about 30% and then disappearing completely.



Jamie Oliver


Pam Ayres

I love the ex-bat ladies I adopted from the British Hen Welfare Trust; they make such rewarding pets and still lay like good ‘uns. Jane and her brilliant team all do so much to help these feathered creatures, but we need to play our part by helping too: I’d ask anyone who likes hens to make sure they tell their friends and family to buy free range if they possibly can – free range is best for us, best for the hens and best for the farmer too ‘cause he gets a bit more for keeping his hens in a more natural environment.



Amanda  Holden


Amanda Holden

I used to have some ex-battery hens when I was a child and remember well the sorry condition they arrived in and the pleasure it was to see them transform from sad little creatures into beautiful birds. I agreed to be Patron of the BHWT not only because I remember the hens from my childhood, but also because I, too, want to see a better life for the millions of laying hens still in cages.



Duchess of Richmond


Duchess of Richmond

I have taken two small groups of battery hens from the Trust and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them blossom into confident and precocious characters. For me, the BHWT does a fantastic job – they don’t confront or judge, they just encourage and promote their work through positive means. These unassuming birds burst into life once they are given the opportunity; their individual personalities are captivating and can become great time wasters! Please support this positive and well founded charity.



Antony Worrall Thompson


Antony Worrall Thompson

Thousands of hens sentenced to life without remission… no chance of seeing daylight, no chance of walking the exercise yard, these hens have been sentenced like prisoners but have committed no crime.  With your help and the wonderful work of the BHWT you can make a difference and help release battery hens from their cages.   Refuse battery eggs and pass the message onto the supermarkets, the schools, the hospitals and the old peoples’ homes…think about welfare, give battery hens a decent life.



Antony Worrall Thompson


Julia Kendell

From the moment I took our ex-bat girls home a year ago I have been an ardent supporter of the work of BHWT. It was sad to see these creatures emerge into the daylight, bewildered, unfeathered and somehow disrespected. Now I am pleased to report they roam around our garden getting under my feet and the garden fork! They have laid eggs for us almost every day since we adopted them and proudly show off their new plumage!

I was thrilled to be asked to be a Patron of BHWT. Jane and the team have an intelligent and sensible approach and it is no surprise that they achieve success and respect within the industry. Please do all you can to spread the word to friends and family to buy eggs and food products that contain only free-range eggs. It is the very least we can do for our feathered friends.



Philippa Forrester


Philippa Forrester

Rehoming ex-battery hens has given me such pleasure, from the moment we place them on their first grass to the months that follow as they settle in. I love every moment, the sunshine on their backs, the new plumage and of course, the best thing, which is that with this wonderful freedom comes their increased confidence to finally be a chicken and enjoy doing all the things that chickens like to do!

Our batch of thirteen hens arrived in silence but they are already becoming vocal and beginning to tell me all about it! Every day the British Hen Welfare Trust transforms lives - and not just those of the chickens!



Kate Humble


Kate Humble

I was really impressed with the pragmatic approach of the British Hen Welfare Trust" Kate told us. "They don't just do fluffy stuff in saving lives, they genuinely want to support the British egg industry and use positive education as a means to get their message across. Setting up as a re-homing point is a great way for us to support their valuable work.



Antony Cotton


Antony Cotton

The British Hen Welfare Trust does an amazing job, not only re-homing ex-battery hens but also campaigning to encourage consumers and retailers to go free-range. I fully endorse their work and, when they asked if I would become a patron, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.



Antony Cotton


Alan Titchmarsh

I've kept hens for 25 years and know how much they enjoy free range living. My hens give me fresh eggs, good manure for the garden and the simple pleasure of watching them potter about. I think the British Hen Welfare Trust does an important job in trying to improve conditions for the hens, with a realistic approach. Keep up the good work BHWT!



Pippa Greenwood


Pippa Greenwood

The British Hen Welfare Trust is just plain fantastic, I admire you all so much for what you do. So very much! I just wish more people knew about you and what you do. I am possibly about to be branded a BHWT awareness bore, but I cannot help it! In my work, I meet a lot of people with an interest in keeping hens and I never let them away without the suggestion that they should choose the British Hen Welfare Trust. www.pippagreenwood.com

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