Every year, hundreds of roosters die because there is no room for them at sanctuaries. The Rooster Project will start saving lives immediately by helping sanctuaries welcome more roosters. The Rooster Project's educational efforts will save lives into the future by both increasing the expertise of sanctuaries and reducing the number of homeless roosters facing euthanasia due to stereotyping, cockfighting, and backyard hen-keeping. A leader in rooster rescue, VINE is ready to go but we need you!
Every month, as many as 60 roosters are turned away by sanctuaries that do not have room for them. Homeless or unwanted roosters who cannot find refuge are euthanized... or worse. To save lives, we must increase the capacity of sanctuaries AND reduce the number of roosters needing refuge. To do the latter, we must tackle stereotypes about roosters as well as intervene on the two primary causes of rooster overpopulation: cockfighting and backyard hen-keeping.
This is a multi-year project to both increase capacity and decrease demand. We have already opened a new refuge for roosters, provided instruction and consultation to scores of sanctuaries, and rescued hundreds of roosters ourselves. Next, while continuing to rescue roosters and advise sanctuaries, we will roll out a comprehensive rooster website and other educational materials to reduce rooster homelessness by educating the public about hatcheries, cockfighting, and roosters themselves.
VINE can and will rescue more roosters and help others to do the same, but that won't solve the rooster crisis, which is caused by the persistence of cockfighting in tandem with the fad for backyard hen keeping. To reduce the number of roosters needing refuge, we will use many means to discourage the purchase of chicks from hatcheries, promote more humane hobbies, and counteract the stereotypes that both engender cockfighting and lead people to reject roosters. This will help birds and people!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).