New Zealand animal rights activists have uncovered an illegal dumping
ground for chickens on a factory farm.
On Sunday 1st April animal rights activists from the Open Rescue
Collective discovered a fly-infested pit filled with rotting broiler
chicken corpses behind a Foxton factory farm. Activists say the dump
is illegal as the corpses were piled up, along with household refuse,
in an open pit behind the farm. Many bodies were torn apart and had
been partially eaten by predators. Other corpses were maggot infested.
One chicken was discovered alive but injured among the corpses, a
clear breach of animal welfare legislation.
A complaint has been made to Horizons Regional Council who are now
investigating the site.
Another activist, Mark Eden, said, "Every time we visit factory farms
we find evidence of illegal animal cruelty. The Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) are supposedly in charge of enforcing
animal welfare standards but no one bothers to inspect the farms. If
the government was serious about animal welfare they would be
inspecting farms and enforcing the laws themselves, instead of leaving
it to volunteer groups like us."