Jane Howorth watches a Panorama documentary, The World About Us; Down on the Factory Farm, about the living conditions of caged commercial laying hens, inspiring her to dedicate her future to helping hens.
Jane moves to Devon and saves her first hens from slaughter, including one very special hen, Vicky.
Jane places an advert in a local paper offering people the chance to rehome hens, under the name Westcountry Retirement Home & Re-homing Centre for Battery Hens. She receives thousands of responses.
Jane officially launches the Battery Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT), the country’s first dedicated hen charity.
Jane appears on Jamie’s Fowl Dinners, the Channel 4 programme featuring Jamie Oliver and the truth about the chicken industry, sparking a surge in interest in rehoming hens.
The charity is re-named the British Hen Welfare Trust.
31 December 2011
Laying hens were taken out of their barren battery cages for the last time and the BHWT rehomed its 250,000th hen.
1 January 2012
The use of barren battery cages is banned across the United Kingdom.
The BHWT is named the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Charity of the Year for 2015/2016.
The BHWT rehomes its 500,000th hen, called Dee.
Jane accepts her MBE, awarded in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
The BHWT is named the JustGiving Charity of the Year.
The BHWT’s 750,000th hen is saved from slaughter and wings her way to a free-range retirement in Northumberland.
The BHWT launches a funding scheme for ground-breaking research to improve pet hen health.
Our new ‘Hen Central’ Devon Centre will be open to the public! The Centre will house our hen-centric hen hospital as well as ultra-modern meeting rooms to hold online and personal hen-keeping courses for beginners and experienced keepers alike. Watch this space!
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