The owner of a commercial battery chicken farm has been prosecuted for breaches of standards under the Animal Welfare act. Breaches found at the Wellington egg company included dead birds left decaying in cages alongside live birds, piles of excrement so high that the chickens were standing in it, and no water provided for the chickens to drink.
The director of the company, Trevor Chin, was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs to the Wellington SPCA. He was sentenced to 400 hours of community service and has been banned from owning birds for ten years.
The Judge presiding over the case said the birds were kept in an abominably filthy situation and that he was very close to imposing a prison term on Chin. The Wellington egg company is still operating and has 28,000 birds at any one time. Chin has been given two months to humanely dispose of the current stock, before his ban take effect.
Chin and his business Wellington Egg Company pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to abuse of chickens on his Judgeford Farm under the Animal Welfare Act. Dead birds were cooped in with live chickens while hungry birds were forced to peck on rotting carcases.
The judge sentencing Chin expressed his outrage when giving the verdict. "I just don't understand how you and your staff walked past and saw chicken heads stuck in the cage and unable to feed, and done this on a day to day basis" said Judge Gregory Ross.
still no jail term, despite mass cruelty