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first NZ prosecution of a battery farm

Postby xsfat » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:09 pm

http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/Batteryfarmow ... fault.aspx

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.


http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1380651

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

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Postby David xvx Ludd » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:19 pm

But, in the scheme of animal welfare prosecutions, that's fucking HUGE.

Good work, Wellington SPCA.
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Postby Phlegmâ„¢ » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:24 pm

I wonder if Chin was born in NZ? Since in some parts of Asia, that would be accepted animal treatment.

Chin has been given two months to humanely dispose of the current stock, before his ban take effect.

What exactly does humanely dispose mean?
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Postby /// » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:26 pm

David xvx Ludd wrote:But, in the scheme of animal welfare prosecutions, that's fucking HUGE.

Good work, Wellington SPCA.


Agreed. It's definitely a well overdue, promising start and hopefully the punishments will become even harsher over time.

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Postby Anarchia » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:59 pm

What exactly does humanely dispose mean?


Kill, unfortunately.

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Postby chrisbucks » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:02 am

zenophobe wrote:I wonder if Chin was born in NZ?


I don't think that's really relevant here... but that does reflect on your username.
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Postby /// » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:00 am

I wonder where exactly in Wellington this piece of shit 'farm' is situated at..

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Postby PertHJ » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:29 am

I wonder if they will follow up on how he does the killing


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Postby Phlegmâ„¢ » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:13 am

chrisbucks wrote:
zenophobe wrote:I wonder if Chin was born in NZ?


I don't think that's really relevant here... but that does reflect on your username.


HuH? You're thinking of Xenophobe. Not someone scared of Zen.

I lived in Asia for over five years and the treatment animals get in some of the countries there is mirrored in this guy's actions. I'm not defending his actions.

Re-reading my original post way to quote out of context.
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Postby BOOT GIRL » Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:25 am

those poor birds :( great to see the SPCA doing their job,in AUS they do NOTHING despite being presented with this sort of evidence from animal lib groups.

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Postby the croc » Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:03 pm

Fucking scumbag, should have got jail time though.

Makes you wonder though how much of this sort of stuff goes on all the time without anyone really knowing or caring.
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Postby Lizbin » Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:02 pm

I wonder if he'd let me have a chicken rather than killing it. I could do with a chicken pet.
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Postby PertHJ » Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:08 pm

Jase and I were keen as to have chickens in the back yard :D
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Postby Lizbin » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:27 pm

I'm real keen. Especially if I save them from "disposal". And seeing as we're gonna have a backyard when we get to welly also I think chickens is a great idea.
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Postby The Face » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:34 pm

A good start I reckon, couldn't he just sell off his stock rather than killing em all?

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Postby Anarchia » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:36 pm

Lizbin - You could try - I know Auckland Animal Action has had some success in being able to rehome soon-to-be-killed chickens (hundreds of 'em).

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Postby Lizbin » Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:39 pm

Cool, think I may just have to write to the wellington spca for some contact details then.
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Postby Anarchia » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:12 pm

On a sadder note, isn't it possible that he could just "sell" the farm to a family member, therefore he wouldn't be breaking the law (ie - he wouldn't own them), and it could just keep running?

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Postby Lizbin » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:32 pm

I think the point is he has to lose something so really he'd have to just give me some chickens rather than me paying.. not a bad idea actually.
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Postby Any Day Now » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:59 pm

just been informed by a friend that wgtn SPCA is trying to rehome heaps of the chickens. PLEASE get in touch with em if you can home a few, i kow im gonna evaluate my backyard for possible chickeness :)

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Postby dumpster cherimoya » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:43 am

yay, go the SPCA, thats great news, i hope it leads to more dodgy animal abusers being prosecuted and more happy chickens, i wish i could take some.

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Postby melpomene » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:23 pm

I understand anyone can go to the farm and offer to rehome some hens. He normally asks $3 per bird. I know its money in his pocket but at least its a life saved. The farm is on the main road in Judgeford between Haywards Hill and Pauatahanui, near the golf course.


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