'Nothing to hide' – poultry group
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 6:09p.m.
By Krissy Moreau
Three animal welfare protesters have been arrested after suspending themselves from a seven-metre-high tripod outside the gate of a huge Otago chicken farm.
Police moved on the group because of safety concerns about predicted gale force winds.
They were protesting mid-air and refusing to come down on their own.
“If we elevate the staff and cut the chain are you prepared to come down, if we go to that stage?” asked Inspector Alastair Dickie of Dunedin police. “All right then, we'll try that.
“The two of them up there are fairly hard-nosed. I offered for them to come down earlier but they said ‘no, if you want us down you'll have to get us down’.”
So with a cherry-picker in place and bolt cutters in hand, that's exactly what police did.
They say they were forced to bring the protesters down because of forecast gale force winds.
It brought to an end a protest to stop certain farming practices that the Coalition to End Factory Farming is calling immoral.
“It really is a moral crime inside these farms,” said activist Deirdre Sims.
“These hens are living animals. They feel; they suffer in these farms, in these cages; they don't have sunshine; they can't express basic behaviours like walking or scratching; they can't even stretch their wings.”
The coalition says they have shocking footage from inside the Mainland Poultry facility.
The organisation’s video is a stark contrast to the vision Mainland Poultry put in their promotional video.
“They put out what they want the public to see,” said Ms Sims. “They put out the best of the best. We had to go in there to show the reality of what they're hiding behind closed doors.”
But Mainland Foods says the evidence looks the way it does because the filmmakers snuck up on the birds in the middle of the night.
“We're very open about taking people into it,” says Michael Guthrie of Mainland Foods. “What we've done is the hard side of the filming and we're happy to take journalists inside. We've got nothing to hide.
“We've had head of SAFE, head of SPCA [through]. We're not hiding from anybody.”
In the end, protestors spent 10 hours on the scaffolding, which is coming down now just as easily as it went up at 3am this morning. Now they have to deal with police pressing charges.
While the coalition has told 3 News all charges have been dropped, the fate of the layer hens is still in the hands of the Government.
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3/07/2012 4:18:38 p.m.
Nothing to hide, of course. We've all seen Mainland Cheese TV ad with a little boy saying "What a great place to be a cow" (after her calves have been taken from her and slaughtered and she after 5 years of forced pregnancies will be slaughtered too). Everything to hide and mist our eyes with BS.
26/06/2012 2:18:42 p.m.
Michael Morris wrote:
Mortality rate is not higher in free range, this is propaganda put out by the industry. The so-called "scientific" report compared monitored battery farms with free range farms run by those still thinking in the battery mindset. Records taken from battery farms show a mortality of up to 40%, sometimes due to accidents like the first Christchurch earthquake, the mortality is 100%. Battery hens suffer not only through behavioural deprivation but also cage layer osteoporosis, which is rare in free range. Having said that, free range is not ideal either, and the best way to prevent animal cruelty is to go vegan.
26/06/2012 11:22:07 a.m.
Life expectancy of freerange hen is less than of a battery hen. There is more eyes pecked out in freerange than battery causing death. Lets see the graphical pictures please of freerange gone wrong!If they really were looking for hen welfare then maybe they would look towards what is killing hens quicker? Freerange or Battery.The protestors are a bunch of crims which were again outnumbered by media in their publicity stunt. The scaffolding didn't meet OSH standards so they should be charged for an unsafe structure ... businesses would be fined like $50,000 for errecting such an unsafe structure so the crims protesting should also be fined. was a permit submitted to council for errecting the structure? did it have engineers approval - all of that is more fines and these protestors should be prosecuted to the fullest under NZ law.We can also look at the nutrition of freerange vs battery. In NZ the feed of battery hens is more controlled and more consistant than freerange, so it can actually have better nutrition than freerange eggs as has been shown by various studies checking the nutrition. So many freerange claims not backed by science. Often the freerange birds are looked after less well than battery, hence the lower life expectancy and lower quality food they are feed.
26/06/2012 6:38:23 a.m.
@ OSCAR, I Buy free range Eggs, However I well now Look for Mainland Poultry Lables as Cheeper, And approved By SAFE and SPCA,
26/06/2012 5:34:17 a.m.
tony RATCLIFFE wrote:
i think that it should be up to the GOVT to regulate and prosecute if there is a breach of animal welfare law , these people do not have the right to take the law into their own hands and put others at risk , kreik knows the rules
25/06/2012 8:44:33 p.m.
Good on the protesters for making a stand. NZ has some very bad and shocking farming practices which are approved by MAF and allowing battery hens is one of them. I do not and will not buy battery farmed eggs. I have talked to people who buy the eggs and they do not seem to have a concience about what they eat go by how much cheaper the eggs are from free range.How different would they be if they actually saw the battery hen cages before buying the eggs !! Go the protesters!!! You do a good job of informing the public.
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