Pace battery-hen farm in Canberra damaged

leonoosthuizen 13 March 2012 64

Parkwood Egg Farm, located in Macgregor ACT and owned by Pace, is the ACT’s only factory farm, housing between 100000 and 200000 layer hens in small cages. Last night, Parkwood was infiltrated. Various items of equipment along the automated grading and packing production line were damaged or destroyed in an attempt to cause economic harm to those who profit from torture and murder. No equipment relating to the welfare of the hens was touched; they will continue to receive food and water.

While there are many such facilities across Australia, this Canberra farm was chosen for two primary reasons:
1. Its significance as the only factory farm in the seat of Australia’s parliament.
2. Its history as the target of multiple campaigns by a number of different organisations over a span of twenty years, and its consequent infamy across the nation; these campaigns, despite garnering intense public outrage towards the facility, have failed to shut it down.

A large quantity of free-range packaging was found at the facility, with brands including Pace, Coles, and Woolworths Select. It is therefore believed, though not confirmed, that Parkwood’s battery cage eggs are also packaged and distributed as free-range. The hens at Parkwood are currently being emptied from their cages one shed at a time and sent to slaughter, as they have reached 18 months of age and are no longer producing at peak capacity. It is recommended that Pace uses this opportunity to close down the facility and leave our nation’s capital. Already three sheds have been emptied, with only two remaining.

This action was intended to highlight not simply the atrocities of the “cage egg” but the ethical impossibility of justifying the unnecessary torture and murder of any sentient being. Free-range eggs, for example, still require the males to be macerated (ground up alive) at birth, just like organic milk still requires the cows to be repeatedly impregnated and their calves slaughtered. We cannot rely on or be content with welfare regulations that ultimately seek to assure us of humane slavery and slaughter, because slavery and slaughter can never be humane. We did not improve the transport or living conditions of human slaves traded across the Atlantic, we abolished the trade, and again abolition must be our moral baseline.

It is time to question the validity of the Australian identity. What values do we consider virtues? The icon of the Aussie battler – the family-oriented farmer slaving in tough times for the good of the country – is outdated and does not reflect the heavily industrialised nature of modern livestock farming. Nor does it reflect the severe environmental damage caused by such practices.

We need to ask ourselves, do we take pride in the shadowy men who hide behind piles of blood money – the Frank Paces, the Bob Inghams, the John and Simon Camilleris – or do we take pride in those who fight for the oppressed; those who don?t live by the legal law of the day but instead by a universal moral law, acting out of compassion and for a justice that discriminates not against race, gender, age or species; the voices for all who cannot speak for themselves yet scream unheard behind the closed doors of our nation?s factory farms? A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies, and to say of a system predicated upon hate and violence: This is not just.

Consumers must be made aware of the truth behind the meat, dairy and egg industries. Our politicians have the power to make such information widely available, but choose not to because of the industries’ economic value, even if it means more Australians dying of preventable diseases and disorders, more unnecessary soil degradation, water scarcity, and greenhouse gas emissions, and the slaughter of millions more animals every year.

The industries and their employees, on the other hand, must be made aware that they are in danger of being exposed; that their participation in these violent atrocities will no longer be tolerated, and that the secrecy of their actions can no longer be guaranteed.

Members of the public, and of the parliament, must no longer be afraid to stand up and make their voices heard; never through violence but through the affirmation and embodiment of social and ethical responsibility.

Sincerely,
The Blackbird.

[ED – We’ve requested comment from Pace eggs and will publish any we receive.]

UPDATE 13/03/12 14:30: The Australian Egg Corporation’s response is now available.

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Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:31 am 14 Mar 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

kumadude said :

I am the CLIT master.

Commander, I believe…

I’ve been looking for your headquarters for ages and just can’t seem to find it.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:54 am 14 Mar 12

kumadude said :

I am the CLIT master.

Commander, I believe…

Thumper Thumper 9:19 am 14 Mar 12

Deref said :

Thumper said :

I note that you have selectively quoted what I said, conveniently neglecting where I said that the actions of these people is wrong.

And then accusing me of condoning their actions when I didn’t.

So, no, it’s not a straw man.

It occurred to me after I’d posted that I found your post hard to follow and that I may have misinterpreted it. If I did, I apologise.

The random italics don’t help much do they?

All cool 🙂

Baldy Baldy 9:14 am 14 Mar 12

Thumper said :

Thumper said :

Deref said :

Thumper said :

Deref said :

devils_advocate said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m all for free-ranging egg production, but these morons must be living very sheltered lives if they can’t find a more important things to vent their spleen on.

I refuse to concern myself with animal welfare until all the humans on the planet are looked after. And yes, I do contribute to the latter outcome.

I should have added “and more effective ways to vent it”.

Irrelevant argument.

It is impossible for you to do so but it is possible for you to add to the welfare of animals in this country, ie chickens treated cruelly, pigs kept in cages just big enough to let them stand, cows and sheep stuffed into trucks and driven for miles, poddy calves simply killed because they are male. The list is endless.

Nowhere did I say that I approved of cruel treatment. In fact, if you look, I said I was in favour of free-ranging egg production. I’m in favour of treating animals humanely under any circumstances.

By effectively accusing me (and others) of being in favour of inhumane treatment directly contrary ti the evidence, you’ve not only erected a classic straw man (demonstrating an inability to mount a sensible argument) but you’ve further antagonised people who, given a reasonable approach by you, would generally agree with your aims, if not your methods.

I note that you have selectively quoted what I said, conveniently neglecting where I said that the actions of these people is wrong.

And then accusing me of condoning their actions when I didn’t.

So, no, it’s not a straw man.

Oh, and the italics are going crazy man 🙂

I’m just posting this to see how far I can stretch the first comment out. 😀

Deref Deref 8:22 am 14 Mar 12

Thumper said :

I note that you have selectively quoted what I said, conveniently neglecting where I said that the actions of these people is wrong.

And then accusing me of condoning their actions when I didn’t.

So, no, it’s not a straw man.

It occurred to me after I’d posted that I found your post hard to follow and that I may have misinterpreted it. If I did, I apologise.

IrishPete IrishPete 6:45 am 14 Mar 12

danx76 said :

Those who assume these topics and vandalise will get caught. It’s fairly easy to track these criminals especially by posting videos up here!

There are pro’s and con’s for freerange vs cage eggs. It’s interesting when people talk about welfare when freerange hens exhibit a double mortality rate over caged hens and freerange hens like to stay inside the sheds and a small percentage venture outside. So does that mean people who live in crowded cities have a lower human welfare than people who live in the wide open spaces!

The claim that they are selling cage eggs as freerange is the biggest load of BS I have heard!!!

These people don’t know how many external audits from major suppliers and quality standards that the egg producers have to do, to put and keep a egg in the market. The fines, loss of capital, jobs, business licences, suppliers are that serious that it is practically impossible to do such a ridulous act.

If people are uncomfortable with caged hen eggs,then buy freerange eggs or even organic eggs.The more people demand a product or service the more producers will follow the market to keep the supply going.

I’m glad you have said that cage eggs being packed in free range boxes is BS. That really sets my mind at rest. (Sarcasm.)

Living in a cage for 18 months is not a life. Sure, these chickens don’t get run over by cars while crossing the road, or killed by other chickens, but it’s hardly a fufilling and satisfying life. It’s very productive though. Very efficient. Not a whole lotta fun.

Why do I find myself humming Cows With Guns?

IP

Stevian Stevian 11:15 pm 13 Mar 12

Pandy said :

Would the vegans support the killing of people if it meant the end of of the of the egg trade?

see a few posts above folks

Absolutely, hand me a pole-axe

Thumper Thumper 10:38 pm 13 Mar 12

Thumper said :

Deref said :

Thumper said :

Deref said :

devils_advocate said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m all for free-ranging egg production, but these morons must be living very sheltered lives if they can’t find a more important things to vent their spleen on.

I refuse to concern myself with animal welfare until all the humans on the planet are looked after. And yes, I do contribute to the latter outcome.

I should have added “and more effective ways to vent it”.

Irrelevant argument.

It is impossible for you to do so but it is possible for you to add to the welfare of animals in this country, ie chickens treated cruelly, pigs kept in cages just big enough to let them stand, cows and sheep stuffed into trucks and driven for miles, poddy calves simply killed because they are male. The list is endless.

Nowhere did I say that I approved of cruel treatment. In fact, if you look, I said I was in favour of free-ranging egg production. I’m in favour of treating animals humanely under any circumstances.

By effectively accusing me (and others) of being in favour of inhumane treatment directly contrary ti the evidence, you’ve not only erected a classic straw man (demonstrating an inability to mount a sensible argument) but you’ve further antagonised people who, given a reasonable approach by you, would generally agree with your aims, if not your methods.

I note that you have selectively quoted what I said, conveniently neglecting where I said that the actions of these people is wrong.

And then accusing me of condoning their actions when I didn’t.

So, no, it’s not a straw man.

Oh, and the italics are going crazy man 🙂

Thumper Thumper 10:36 pm 13 Mar 12

Deref said :

Thumper said :

Deref said :

devils_advocate said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m all for free-ranging egg production, but these morons must be living very sheltered lives if they can’t find a more important things to vent their spleen on.

I refuse to concern myself with animal welfare until all the humans on the planet are looked after. And yes, I do contribute to the latter outcome.

I should have added “and more effective ways to vent it”.

Irrelevant argument.

It is impossible for you to do so but it is possible for you to add to the welfare of animals in this country, ie chickens treated cruelly, pigs kept in cages just big enough to let them stand, cows and sheep stuffed into trucks and driven for miles, poddy calves simply killed because they are male. The list is endless.

Nowhere did I say that I approved of cruel treatment. In fact, if you look, I said I was in favour of free-ranging egg production. I’m in favour of treating animals humanely under any circumstances.

By effectively accusing me (and others) of being in favour of inhumane treatment directly contrary ti the evidence, you’ve not only erected a classic straw man (demonstrating an inability to mount a sensible argument) but you’ve further antagonised people who, given a reasonable approach by you, would generally agree with your aims, if not your methods.

I note that you have selectively quoted what I said, conveniently neglecting where I said that the actions of these people is wrong.

And then accusing me of condoning their actions when I didn’t.

So, no, it’s not a straw man.

danx76 danx76 10:16 pm 13 Mar 12

Those who assume these topics and vandalise will get caught. It’s fairly easy to track these criminals especially by posting videos up here!

There are pro’s and con’s for freerange vs cage eggs. It’s interesting when people talk about welfare when freerange hens exhibit a double mortality rate over caged hens and freerange hens like to stay inside the sheds and a small percentage venture outside. So does that mean people who live in crowded cities have a lower human welfare than people who live in the wide open spaces!

The claim that they are selling cage eggs as freerange is the biggest load of BS I have heard!!!

These people don’t know how many external audits from major suppliers and quality standards that the egg producers have to do, to put and keep a egg in the market. The fines, loss of capital, jobs, business licences, suppliers are that serious that it is practically impossible to do such a ridulous act.

If people are uncomfortable with caged hen eggs,then buy freerange eggs or even organic eggs.The more people demand a product or service the more producers will follow the market to keep the supply going.

Pandy Pandy 9:54 pm 13 Mar 12

Would the vegans support the killing of people if it meant the end of of the of the egg trade?

see a few posts above folks

AsparagusSyndrome AsparagusSyndrome 9:22 pm 13 Mar 12

Dear “The”,

You lost me at “Parkwood…”

I admit that I skimmed a bunch of confusing, hard-to-read verbage, that looked for all the world like a manifesto about imposing your values on us all, without My Express Permission. So, I added your name, in blue ink, to my small red notebook.

I did happen across your references to “shadowy men”, that almost looked perjorative. Am I to suppose, The, that you don’t like “shadowy men” and that you yourself are not shadowy? If so, I remain puzzled that I can’t find your name in the phone book anywhere in Australia. Is Blackbird your middle name or your surname?

I nearly choked on my omelette when I discovered that my precious food-egg system was predicated upon hate, and that I had, hitherto, been ignorant of yet another Universal Moral Law, which you feel must now be administered forcibly upon the ignorant, and the egg-packing glitterati. I thought I already had every Universal Moral Law chiselled into my Stone of Retribution. Signs and Wonders.

IrishPete IrishPete 8:57 pm 13 Mar 12

Good onya, leonoosthuizen, the Sea Shepherd of the ACT. Once upon a time whaling was considered acceptable in Australia. And slaughtering cattle and sheep without stunning them first. Progress often requires someone to push the boundaries hard – would that it were not so, but it is.

Hopefully police will also be investigating the presence of Free Range packaging at the site, as fraud is also a criminal offence, and in this case potentially of much higher value than the criminal damage inflicted the other day.

IP

nobody nobody 8:14 pm 13 Mar 12

I-filed said :

Yeah sure like the battery eggs never got accidentally on purpose mixed up with the expensive free-range ones during the packaging!

Where are the Greens on this issue? Why is a battery operation still happening in the ACT, hurting tens of thousands of hens, when a handful of circus animals are banned on welfare grounds? Shane? Caroline? Amanda?

I would have thought cage eggs are core business for the Greens to concern themselves with.

http://act.greens.org.au/content/greens’-egg-laws-help-canberra-go-free-range

chewy14 chewy14 8:11 pm 13 Mar 12

kangasrevenge said :

This act might be illegal according to the law but it was the correct act morally. Pace farms are a disgrace. The system is a disgrace. There are laws to protect the welfare of animals (even if you agree with the welfarist approach, and I don’t) but they do nothing of the sort. The RSPCA is complicit in the cruel treatment metered out by PACE. They do nothing. The government does nothing. The media have had stories about PACE and yet consumers still buy their eggs and by this act condone the cruelty in PACE sheds. It must stop. And whatever it takes to say ‘no, this is wrong, think again’ is fine by me.

I believe ecoterrorism is evil and supporters of it must have their possessions confiscated for the greater good. Can you please post your address so I can pay your house a visit?

I know it might be illegal but its the right thing to do morally.

You won’t complain right?

kangasrevenge kangasrevenge 7:40 pm 13 Mar 12

This act might be illegal according to the law but it was the correct act morally. Pace farms are a disgrace. The system is a disgrace. There are laws to protect the welfare of animals (even if you agree with the welfarist approach, and I don’t) but they do nothing of the sort. The RSPCA is complicit in the cruel treatment metered out by PACE. They do nothing. The government does nothing. The media have had stories about PACE and yet consumers still buy their eggs and by this act condone the cruelty in PACE sheds. It must stop. And whatever it takes to say ‘no, this is wrong, think again’ is fine by me.

Deref Deref 7:24 pm 13 Mar 12

Thumper said :

Deref said :

devils_advocate said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m all for free-ranging egg production, but these morons must be living very sheltered lives if they can’t find a more important things to vent their spleen on.

I refuse to concern myself with animal welfare until all the humans on the planet are looked after. And yes, I do contribute to the latter outcome.

I should have added “and more effective ways to vent it”.

Irrelevant argument.

It is impossible for you to do so but it is possible for you to add to the welfare of animals in this country, ie chickens treated cruelly, pigs kept in cages just big enough to let them stand, cows and sheep stuffed into trucks and driven for miles, poddy calves simply killed because they are male. The list is endless.

Nowhere did I say that I approved of cruel treatment. In fact, if you look, I said I was in favour of free-ranging egg production. I’m in favour of treating animals humanely under any circumstances.

By effectively accusing me (and others) of being in favour of inhumane treatment directly contrary ti the evidence, you’ve not only erected a classic straw man (demonstrating an inability to mount a sensible argument) but you’ve further antagonised people who, given a reasonable approach by you, would generally agree with your aims, if not your methods.

I-filed I-filed 6:34 pm 13 Mar 12

Yeah sure like the battery eggs never got accidentally on purpose mixed up with the expensive free-range ones during the packaging!

Where are the Greens on this issue? Why is a battery operation still happening in the ACT, hurting tens of thousands of hens, when a handful of circus animals are banned on welfare grounds? Shane? Caroline? Amanda?

I would have thought cage eggs are core business for the Greens to concern themselves with.

bigfeet bigfeet 6:23 pm 13 Mar 12

Holden Caulfield said :

A shame that a worthy cause will be lost in a wash of over emotional tripe…

Your mention of Tripe in a thread about Eggs has got me hungering for of one of my favourite dishes- Trippa Legata Colle Uova – or Tripe Bound with Egg.

I might make some this weekend. I usually have to order tripe in as most butchers don’t stock it as a regular.

Thumper Thumper 6:16 pm 13 Mar 12

Deref said :

devils_advocate said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m all for free-ranging egg production, but these morons must be living very sheltered lives if they can’t find a more important things to vent their spleen on.

I refuse to concern myself with animal welfare until all the humans on the planet are looked after. And yes, I do contribute to the latter outcome.

I should have added “and more effective ways to vent it”.

Irrelevant argument.

It is impossible for you to do so but it is possible for you to add to the welfare of animals in this country, ie chickens treated cruelly, pigs kept in cages just big enough to let them stand, cows and sheep stuffed into trucks and driven for miles, poddy calves simply killed because they are male. The list is endless.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against eating meat, even though I rarely do, but I am against treating animals cruelly, and frankly, chickens stuffed in cages in the dark with barely enough room to move for their entire life is cruel.

I would have thought that, as a progressive society, we have moved on from treating animals cruelly?

Obviously we haven’t.

We see incredible outrage when a teenager throws a cat off a balcony or sets dogs on fire yet we excuse other animal cruelty simply because we eat them?

Having said that, no-one has the right to simply destroy someone else’s property and livelihood simply because they disagree with it. A perfect example of this was those Greenpeace idiots who cut down the GM crops last year.

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