NZ egg producers condemn activists' actions
Dozens of battery hens are being freed all over New
Zealand, however, not at the demand of the farmer, but by groups of people who
say they are justified in breaking the law.
New Zealand egg producers have condemned the actions taken by a group of
activists raiding battery hen farms and freeing dozens of the hens. The
activists believe they are justified in breaking the law because, according to
them, the farmers' actions are far worse.
"If people believe that there is a breach of the animal welfare laws then
those concerns should be raised with the appropriate regulatory body ... and let
the legal process take its course," said executive director of the Egg Producers
Federation, Michael Brooks. "The EPF does not support any farmer proven to be in
breach of animal welfare laws."
Christchurch Open Rescue, one of three open rescue groups carrying out
raids around the country, recently took 37 hens from their cages at a private
Canterbury battery farm. In another raid about two months ago at another farm,
it released about 30 of the birds.
"Obviously it is illegal, but the consequences we'll deal with," said Christchurch
Open Rescue spokesman Daniel Rae. According to him, the egg farmers are in breach of
the Animal Welfare Act.
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