from the "Bye Bye Egg Industry Support Group":
HARMLESS - BROODING MACHINES (SETTERS) DESTROYED
In the early
hours of Sunday the 27th of April, a hatchery in the South of
Sweden was rendered harmless. Brooding machines (setters) and
other equipment used for nursing eggs, bred to produce battery
hens, were put out of order. This is the most forceful action
taken so far to put an end to the ongoing misery of caged battery
hens - and other hens as well - in Sweden. The animal rights group
"Bye Bye Egg Industry" consisting of, Daniel Hedqvist,
Hanna Ekegren and Johan Jaatinen, takes full responsibility. This
was an act of civil disobedience, done openly, with the purpose
of preventing thousands of hens to be born to a life full of agony.
Gimranäs Inc, in the outskirts of Herrljunga in the West
of Sweden, breed about 90% of chickens that are used in egg production
in Sweden. It is estimated to be the 11th biggest hatchery in
the world. Daniel Hedqvist and Hanna Ekegren entered one part
of the complex in the town Hudene, and at the same time, Johan
Jaatinen broke in to another part in the town Fåglavik.
In the buildings they started destroying machines and
equipment used for hatching and brooding millions of eggs each
left a letter to the workers, explaining why they felt
obliged to take action and that they doing so were not to be taken
personal but to be seen as an attack of the egg industry as a
whole. To emphasize this, the group left coffee and a vegan cake
(dairy and egg free) together with the letter, at both of the
As a direct
result of the action, 42 000 eggs just a few days old were cooled
down, which means that over 20 000 hens were never born to a life
of suffering. Since no alarm was triggered in the smaller factory
all the machines
there were destroyed completely and resulted in a shutdown for
several weeks, according to the owner of Gimranäs Inc.
- Our action
prevented thousands of hens to be born into a life of misery.
A life there they would only be seen as egg-machines to profit
from, not the individuals they really are, says Hanna Ekegren,
- The bred
hens of today grow twenty times faster than what would have been
natural. Obviously this affects their health in a negative way.
They suffer from increased risk of disease, foot and claw damage
and bone weakness, just to name a few, Daniel Hedqvist, biology
student of Stockholm University pronounces.
Hedqvist were arrested at the hatchery as the burglary alarm went
off. Jaatinen was not discovered during the night but was taken
to the police station the following morning when he was leafleting
about the action in Gothenburg city center. The group spent two
days in isolation cells at the police station but was later set
free as the prosecutor did not find enough reason for them to
remand in custody. The loss of machinery and eggs is estimated
to about SEK 2 000 000 (US$ 240 000). A date for the trial will
be set in a few months. They risk at most four years in prison,
but a more likely sentence is a few months in prison plus becoming
liable to pay the damages.
(Swedish only at the moment. Images of the group members are available,
images from the action will be up soon.)
Contact: [email protected]
the machines can be viewed at http://www.chickmaster.com