(FARM ANIMAL RESCUE/CHICKENS/ANIMAL VIDEO) In 2008, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, requiring larger cages for egg-laying hens and eliminating veal crates for calves and gestation crates for pregnant pigs. California farmers and U.S. egg producers have had several years to make the necessary changes, and California’s oldest and largest sanctuary for farmed animals, Animal Place, has seen firsthand how the new law is affecting chickens.

In the past three years, Animal Place has rescued more than 16,000 hens from egg farms. Here is just one of their hen rescues. Take a look as these lucky ladies experience life outside a cage for the first time. — Global Animal