Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Eggs "laid next to rotting corpses"

Media Release: Open Rescue Collective

‘Farm fresh’ deception, eggs laid next to rotting corpses

Following an Open Rescue of 20 hens from Turks Poultry Farm in Foxton last month, activists have made an official complaint to MAF’s Animal Welfare Compliance and Enforcement Group regarding numerous breaches of animal welfare regulations which they found onsite.

“The conditions we witnessed inside Turks Poultry Farm were in breach of several sections of the Code of Welfare for Layer Hens. We saw many dead hens inside the battery cages, meaning that live hens were forced to sit and stand on the decomposing corpses of their cage mates,” says Open Rescue spokesperson Deirdre Sims.

“The owners of Turks Poultry Farm (Ronald Turk, Johannes Turk and Helena Turk) are legally obliged to ensure optimal physical health for their animals and must provide immediate veterinary or medical attention to sick animals. The Code of Welfare for Layer Hens stipulates that daily inspections of birds must be carried out, that sick birds receive prompt treatment and that dead birds are removed from the facility immediately. With the amount of decomposing hens we witnessed still inside battery cages on the Turks farm, there is no doubt they are breaking animal welfare regulations.”

“Turks Poultry supplies eggs to the Pam’s Farm Fresh Eggs brand. We believe Pam's are misleading consumers with deceptive marketing techniques. Pam’s are fooling consumers into purchasing ‘farm fresh‘ eggs that are nothing more than cruel, caged eggs from Turks. Since when was it ’farm fresh’ for a hen to lay her eggs next to a rotting corpse? ” says Ms. Sims.

"There is no regulation or inspection of factory farms and every single time we go into a farm we find evidence of non compliance with the law. No one inspects them and no one is enforcing the already weak animal welfare laws, so it is up to us to enter these farms and expose them" says another Open Rescue activist, Mark Eden.

The Open Rescue Collective has vowed to continue to openly rescue animals from factory farms and to expose the reality behind the ‘farm fresh’ myth.

(Ron Turk, a committee member of the NZ Egg Producers Federation, was recently fined $34, 000 for dumping feathers and 16 tonnes of chicken guts onto a nearby farm).


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news