Auckland, December 21 2000 – Police removed and arrested four Greenpeace activists who stopped the production and distribution of genetic engineered animal feed by Tegel Foods Limited.
Ten activists dressed as chickens entered Tegel’s feedmill in Takinini, South Auckland at 6.30am this morning. Two ‘chickens’ chained themselves to a clamped trailer that blocked the entrance to the factory. The clamped trailer caused considerable delay in the operations of the Tegel feedmill. The billboard read, “Tegel don’t be chicken, say no to GE”. Two other activists locked on to equipement to distrupt the production of the animal feed and they were also arrested.
The action today, which stopped the production and distribution of animal feed, followed Greenpeace’s discovery that Tegel uses GE contaminated soya meal in its animal feed.
Greenpeace met with Tegel officials on site and asked them to source GE free soya meal. “Tegel can easily follow the commitments that have been made around Europe and agree to using only GE free soy in animal feed.”, said Sarah Duthie, Greenpeace Campaigner GE free soy is already available from Brazil, a country that bans the growing of GE crops. “Greenpeace is calling on Tegel to make a commitment today to source GE-free soy,” said Duthie.
For more information contact: Sarah Duthie on 09 630 6317 or 025 927 301 Or Tamsin Vuetilovoni on 025 790 817