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35 Chickens Liberated From West Auckland Egg Farm
Early on Sunday morning, the 19th of November, animal rights activists broke into a battery hen farm in West Auckland removing 35 chickens.
35 Chickens Liberated from West Auckland Egg Farm Activists gained entry into Eggs R Us on Henderson Valley Road, by cutting a large hole in one side of a shed. The shed contained row after row of caged hens.
Dozens of rats could be seen running between cages. Many of the birds were in a poor condition, having missing feathers and red inflamed skin from rubbing on the bars; all the birds were de-beaked.
The conditions on this farm were unfortunately standard for this cruel industry; filthy, overcrowded and inhumane.
Nobody genuinely concerned about animal welfare could find these conditions acceptable.
While we would of liked to have taken colour photos and footage this was impossible as using lights or flashes would of attracted attention to us being in the sheds. Infra red equipment was all that we could safely use. Our main objective was to remove as many hens from this hell hole that we could.
While the 'Animal Welfare' Act continues to allow and indorse such cruel conditions, activists will gain entry to farms by any means necessary to liberate hens from a life of suffering."