This is how animal “rights” activists justify theft.
“Our Government sides with industry and chooses to ignore the voice of the public about the plight of animals exploited in factory farms. We’ve given them petitions, we’ve protested, we’ve presented submissions on welfare laws. None of this has changed the fact that hens are still suffering in tiny cages. It’s come down to ordinary people like ourselves to go into these farms and remove animals from cruel conditions and to draw as much attention as we can to their situation. We’re totally willing to break the law as the law does nothing to protect the animals, but simply protects the industries that abuse them,” says Deirdre Sims, a member of the Open Rescue collective.
The morning of Sunday 5th of November 2006 saw the dawn of New Zealand Open Rescue. Activists from the collective entered Turk’s Poultry Farm on Purcell Street in Foxton, rescued 20 hens from cages and documented the conditions found.
“Obviously we can’t save all the hens but we’re going to save as many as we can and use Open Rescues to put pressure on the Government and on the industry. We’re going to use direct action, civil disobedience and cause as much disruption as we can. The Government’s lack of action on battery farming leaves us with no choice ” says Open Rescue activist Mark Eden.
Eden is no stranger to going outside the law to make a point. In 1996 the unemployed anarchist was sentenced to 100 hours community service and reparations of $1911 after smashing windows with slingshots, gluing locks and painting “kill all duckshooters” on the Complete Anglers Shop in Christchurch.
In his “career” Eden has been involved with the Maoist/Anarchist, Aotearoa Youth Network, arrested at a Waitangi Day protest in Wellington, protested against the Kaimanawa wild horse cull and attended the “Anarchist Odyssey” conference in Christchurch in 2001.
He has also been involved in Peace Action Wellington and was arrested with two others during a 2003 protest, during which the NZ flag was burned by Revolutionary Workers League member, Paul Hopkinson.
The latest theft echoes an incident in April 2001, when 10 hens were “liberated“.
Animal rights activists from all over the country will converge on a local battery egg farm for a national demonstration against factory farming.
The protesters will be at Golden Gate Poultry farm, Corner of State Highway 58 and Mulherns Road, Pauahatanui, at 1pm today. More than 50 activists are expected and confrontations with the farmer are likely.
Mark Eden from Wellington Animal Action, says direct action is likely at the protest today. Millions of hens are confined in cages for their entire lives in battery farms and anyone who is involved in the cruelty of factory farming has got to expect severe disruption to their business. The law has failed to protect animals so we have to take action ourselves to force factory farmers out of business.
The burning question is-will the NZ Police take couple of hours off from ticketing old ladies for expired warrants to investigate this blatant breach of property rights?
Or will they simply be happy that some of their kin have been set free?