anonymously be activists in the UK:
night of Good Friday 16 Animal Liberation Front volunteers executed
a highly organised plan and raided a factory farm operated by
John Parkers Farms Ltd (Wallops Wood Farm, Droxford, Southampton,
SO32 3QY) and liberating over 1,000 battery hens using two large
horse boxes, vehicles which were donated to us by an ex-animal
farmer who is wracked with guilt for the way he has behaved towards
other animals for much of his life.
raid we also caused extensive damage to much of the caging system
by cutting up many of the cages and their doors. We smashed thousands
of eggs, trashed conveyor belts, feeding apparatus and electrical
equipment and left our feelings in paint all around the place.
We wrecked food stores, staff toilets, canteen, we trased rearing
sheds and a delivery truck and took from the office all the information
we need to further our campaign.
We were undisturbed
throughout and had an awkwardly pleasurable time amidst the tangible
torment surrounding us
Following a tip off we first took a look at this breathtaking
example of how to do a bad thing badly, at Upper Grenville Copse
Wood near Droxford on the B2150 in Hampshire, some weeks ago and
found ourselves in what can only be described as hell for the
tens of thousands of young birds held captive there. A huge egg
production factory imprisoning many, many thousands of hens in
three vast factory units, hidden from view in remote woodland
and lost in time. This is the real face of British animal farming,
promoted as `food you can trust' and `fresh farm eggs' but in
reality produced in secret in filthy conditions and cruel beyond
during this period of surveillance reinforced what is at first
glance inside the doors of any of these windowless buildings blindingly
obvious. There are no adequate checks and balances, no rules,
regulations or criteria to keep animal farms such as this in line
with what decent, compassionate civilized human beings could call
acceptable practice. This place has NEVER have been inspected
by those who defend such cruelty.
we have had to break the law and risk imprisonment and our health
to prevent the most unbelievable suffering from being deliberately
inflicted on fragile creatures whose enforced contribution to
the greed of human beings isn't even rewarded with basic levels
of compassion and care. No government body or industry apologist
will dare defend this vile practice. It will probably be excused
as exceptional but we have a catalogue of similar examples of
deliberate cruelty and neglect, some connected to the same farmer,
which neither the RSPCA, the NFU or DEFRA - all profiteers from
animal farming - is interested in.
Here is the
turning point. We have done their work for them once again. This
time we have acted before the official `tidy up' or security lock
down can begin and have made things right the only way that is
acceptable, by removing victims of this barbaric business to safety.
If our efforts prove fruitless for the many thousands of birds
that remain and others replace them in the cages our response
will be more extreme than the situation itself, and final.
We have walked
away from this farm over recent weeks with dozens of hens who
have already spent their brief, young, fertile lives crammed into
tiny wire cages before escaping the violent efforts of farm workers
to load them for the final solution to their failing productivity
that long awful journey to the slaughterhouse.
birds that have avoided the cage round up have ended up in the
deep shit pit below the five tied cages of this great British
farm and have had to survive amongst years of festering waste,
rotten eggs, dead and dying birds and hundreds and hundreds of
rats. Where they fight to survive until they themselves slowly
rot away from lack of water or food, and the rats move in. So
encased in weeks of accumulated waste, it has taken carers hours
of gentle persuasion with hammers, drills and saws to remove the
leg irons from these little birds and free them to walk again.
None of these
birds are ever recovered by the owners of this farm, as was obvious
from our observations and the countless corpses in various stages
of decomposition that fill this pit. Even in the cramped cages
birds are tormented further by rats and mice seeking food, down
below there is no water and survivors must compete with these
opportunistic rodents for what food can be found in and amongst
the fallen waste.
As can be
seen from video footage, birds that become immobilised with the
waste that sticks to their legs aren't then even able to forage
for scraps of food. These slowly sink into the sodden waste and
die horribly where they lay, only able to resist hungry rats and
other hens as long as they are able to stay alive. The most terrible
the weakest and most badly injured birds and accumulated all the
evidence we need to prove the cruelty, but still painfully aware
the authorities would wash over the horrors here as has happened
all too often in the profitable world of animal abuse, we set
in motion the second phase of our intention to close in the violent
world of the bullies and butchers running Britain's animal farms
and those aligned with them in search of profits from animals
and their body parts.
We will force
the end of this great British farm if the authorities fail to
do so. And it won't be pretty.