Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

Sunshine was rescued from a pet store where she and her 29 siblings were crammed in a dark, dirty, crowded cage. After many complaints they released the birds to us.

Sunshine was scared of people at first but soon became a most cherished ambassador allowing visitors to pet her and small children to hold her while she held still, teaching them kindness and compassion.

Hens are genetically engineered to lay eggs earlier than normal and in higher quantities than normal. By the time they are middle aged the hens uteri either rupture, get egg bound, or develop cancer.

Sunshine suddenly lost weight and seeming lethargic. We brought her to our avian veterinarian right away and discovered her uterus full of cancer. Our vet tried all he could but say Sunshine passed away a few days later.

We miss her happy sounds and the feel of her soft, fluffy feathers in our arms. But most of all we are heartbroken that chickens are created to fail from day one, all for an omelette. We hope Sunshine's story will inspire people to adopt kinder food choices, and maybe one day we'll have a gentler world.

Latest Posts


Upcoming Events


Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

Since its founding in 1984 CRYSTAL™ Deodorant has been a vegan, non-toxic, mineral-based line, focused on providing products that are cruelty-free. MyCHELLE Dermaceuticals®, founded in 2000, is known as the creators of the clean skincare movement, and is a brand dedicated to developing high-end, results-driven, cruelty-free products.

Animal testing is still such a problem in the beauty industry and in personal care products. We feel that it is our corporate mission to lead a different way and that is something we are proud to have done with our brands for more than 35 years. CRYSTAL™ and MyCHELLE® are proud to sponsor The Gentle Barns Gentle 12 program for the month of September.
- Catie Wiggy, Vice President of Marketing & Product Innovation for MyChelle Dermaceuticals and CRYSTAL.