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The Egg Corporation response to the Parkwood saboteurs

By johnboy - 13 March 2012 28

In the interests of balance here is the Australian Egg Corporation media release in response to the attack on Parkwood’s egg operation:

Early this morning, animal activists broke into Pace Egg Farm, Canberra, in what is believed to be one of the worst examples of industrial sabotage in Australia.

The animal activists used battery acid to destroy farm equipment and electric tools to cut all conveyor belts and wreck forklifts on the farm. The activists have suggested on a website that the break-in was undertaken in the name of animal welfare. The reality could not be further from the truth. They also posted a video implying it was taken during the raid.

“We question the veracity of that footage. These home grown extremists have put at risk the welfare of 30,000 hens currently housed at the Pace Farm, Canberra,” AECL Managing Director, James Kellaway, said.

By breaking into the farm the activists also breached strict bio-security procedures which are implemented to protect the welfare of the hens from life threatening diseases.

“Farm staff were working on site until late into the night. It was complete luck they were not onsite when the activists broke-in with their battery acid and electric tools,” Mr Kellaway said.

“It was, however, staff who were the first to discover the destruction this morning and were sickened by what they saw. They are shocked at how close they came to being caught up in the activists’ insane terrorism and the disruption they caused the hens. Staff are now fearful of their safety.”

“It has to be said that the increasingly hardline rhetoric of animal welfare groups has created an atmosphere that encourages extreme animal activists to operate. We urge legitimate animal welfare groups to be aware of the consequences of their hardline approach.”

“The Australian egg industry calls on animal welfare groups to publicly denounce the behaviour of extreme activists that not only puts the livelihoods of hard working, law-abiding Australians in jeopardy but puts at risk the welfare of the very animals they claim they are trying to protect. There is no place in Australia for this sort of extreme activity,” Mr Kellaway said.

Please note: Pace Farm, Canberra provides the ACT and surrounding area with a large portion of the region’s cage, cagefree and free range retail eggs. The cage-free and free range eggs are shipped to the site from outlying regional farms where they are then packed and distributed. The activist break-in will cause disruptions to cage, cage-free and free range egg supplies in the region, however it is too early to determine the extent to which this will occur and for how long it will last.

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The Egg Corporation response to the Parkwood saboteurs
phototext 11:23 am 14 Mar 12

I wonder how many people can say with 100% assurance that they never consume cage produced eggs.

I’m not talking about cage/ free range eggs purchased at the supermarket for home consumption.

Even if supermarkets stopped selling cage eggs, free range eggs would still only be a small percentage of the eggs produced.

Unless you are a vegan, or check that every food you eat contains either only free range eggs or no eggs at all along the production line then there is a very high chance you have consumed egg sourced from caged hens.

Anyone who thinks that the local Chinese/ Italian/ Turkish/ Vietnamese etc etc restaurant or companies like Sara Lee give a rats and only use free range eggs are living in la la land.

We can all do our small bit, and it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy buying free range eggs from the supermarket, but don’t kid yourself that that stops caged hen egg production.

If one egg from a caged hen was consumed by you in the last six months you are just as responsible as Pace etc and all their workers for the living conditions the hens live in.

p1 11:20 am 14 Mar 12

I have a question.

Is the primary action here to raise public awareness of the evil of the intensive production of eggs for human consumption? Because if it is then I would suggest some ingenious stunt which attracts media attention might have worked better and not got some many people off side. Something with naked supermodels would be my preference, although one dude recently got lots of attention for his cause by building a raft with a teepee on it. If they insist in breaking in, the could have simply filmed, maybe “liberated” some poor creatures to highlight there cause, but avoided anything which made them into terrorists.

Or

Is the intention to cause, through the destruction of machinery, disruption to the profitable operation of the business therefore bringing about its end. I admit the perpetrators made a smart move timing wise doing this while the sheds were being emptied anyway. If they keep up a sustained campaign of sabotage to the business it is only a matter of time before they can no longer get insurance and will go broke. Like it or not, that could well be an effective way of achieving their goals.

I would suggest that they should have stuck to one or the other of these methods, and not tried to gain extra miles by combining them. “the object of terrorism is terrorism”, or to scare, threaten etc people into doing what you want. By making public statements about the damage they did all they have done is piss people off. Unless they start using sniper rifles to shoot anyone leaving Woolies with a Dozen Cage Eggs, informing the wider public of there actions is the wrong move. The people they want to terrorise are the people profiting from the cruelty to the chooks. So cut conveyor belts if that is your thing, but for gods sake think about your strategy a bit so that you are not just wasting everyone’s time.

Tooks 10:53 am 14 Mar 12

Jim Jones said :

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

bigfeet said :

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism.

The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

By that definition half of the posts made in RiotAct are terrorist acts.

How many RA posts seriously damage property?

Do broken keyboards count?

I sometimes dribble on mine.

I hate battery cages. Almost as much as I hate nutters like these criminals who break in and damage someone elses equipment.

EvanJames 10:02 am 14 Mar 12

Buzz2600 said :

“It was, however, staff who were the first to discover the destruction this morning and were sickened by what they saw.”

Too bad they’ve never paused to consider the sickening conditions caged hens have to endure.

My oath. sickened by a broken conveyor belt, but not by clipping beaks, or cramming birds into tiny cages? Plus all the other things we hear about battery farms, hens that fall into the pit underneath left to die slowly, hens dying in the cages or injured… I wish we could see an end to this rotten way of farming eggs.

Jim Jones 10:02 am 14 Mar 12

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

bigfeet said :

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism.

The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

By that definition half of the posts made in RiotAct are terrorist acts.

How many RA posts seriously damage property?

Do broken keyboards count?

Buzz2600 9:34 am 14 Mar 12

“It was, however, staff who were the first to discover the destruction this morning and were sickened by what they saw.”

Too bad they’ve never paused to consider the sickening conditions caged hens have to endure.

Holden Caulfield 9:21 am 14 Mar 12

bigfeet said :

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism.

The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

Remember, this wasn’t described as your average, run of the mill terrorism, but insane terrorism!

chewy14 9:17 am 14 Mar 12

Jim Jones said :

bigfeet said :

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism.

The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

By that definition half of the posts made in RiotAct are terrorist acts.

How many RA posts seriously damage property?

Jim Jones 8:45 am 14 Mar 12

bigfeet said :

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism.

The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

By that definition half of the posts made in RiotAct are terrorist acts.

bigfeet 7:10 am 14 Mar 12

jsm2090 said :

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. .”

Luckily you don’t have to call it terrorism. The law does that for you.

Section 100.1 of the Criminal Code defines a terrorist act as an action which is done the intention of advancing an ideological cause… or influencing by intimidation, the government of …the Territory…or intimidating the public or a section of the public. (paraphrased)

The action will be defined as a terrorist act if it seriously damages property;

This act seems to fit within all of those elements.

So by legal definition it is a Terrorist Act.

jsm2090 11:16 pm 13 Mar 12

Yeah, I’d hardly call it terrorism. It’s nice that they seem to have the hens’ welfare at the forefront of their minds though.

I translated the last sentence as “we now have seemingly valid reasons to inflate the price of our product.”

Baldy 6:09 pm 13 Mar 12

Holden Caulfield said :

“It was, however, staff who were the first to discover the destruction this morning and were sickened by what they saw. They are shocked at how close they came to being caught up in the activists’ insane terrorism and the disruption they caused the hens. Staff are now fearful of their safety.”

Jesus, both sides are pecking lunatics.

+1 This comment had me laughing for a while. And totally agree. they are just as bad as each other.

Sandman 4:16 pm 13 Mar 12

What kind of pussy Farm staff are they employing these days? I grew up on a farm and any power tool waving Wacktivist would have been looking down the pointy end of one of the various “vermin control devices” that were stored within close proximity to areas where their use was required.

EvanJames 3:42 pm 13 Mar 12

Talk about purple prose. Acid-weilding maniacs! The Egg-Farm conveyor belt massacre!

I dunno, I’m thinking the workers at that farm must be pretty hardened, seeing the way those chickens are treated every day… heck, they’re the ones doing the treating, aren’t they?

Holden Caulfield 2:34 pm 13 Mar 12

“It was, however, staff who were the first to discover the destruction this morning and were sickened by what they saw. They are shocked at how close they came to being caught up in the activists’ insane terrorism and the disruption they caused the hens. Staff are now fearful of their safety.”

Jesus, both sides are pecking lunatics.

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