Direct Animal Action

35,202 supporters

Philosophy / Community Policy Direct Animal Action is a group for passionate activists wanting to get more involved in direct action for animals. We aim to empower people by providing a supportive group structure to facilitate and drive direct action. All animals deserve to live their lives free from exploitation and abuse. Through direct action campaigning we will confront and disrupt the practices that cause animals to suffer. Animals currently lack the legal and social standing necessary to protect them from harm. Direct Animal Action will challenge the current system to create robust laws and values which reflect the moral imperative that we must break the cycle of exploitation and abuse. Direct Animal Action aims for abolition through reform. Direct Animal Action promotes a vegan philosophy. For us veganism means that no individual should be treated as the means to an end, but recognised as an end in themselves. We are an open community. We believe that animal rights and social justice are all part of the same philosophy of reducing harm. No individual should be exposed to exploitative and discriminatory behavior. Direct Animal Action is an ally to every living creature, and a voice for the voiceless. We do not discriminate against anyone. Direct Animal Action is motivated by compassion and justice. As more people become aware of the exploitation and abuse that animals legally endure, a strong animal rights community is forming. We are ready to help enable this community to speak up and fight back against the dated narratives that keep animals shackled. Direct Animal Action aims to expose these issues to the public and start conversations that will swing the tide of change and end suffering.

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Petitioning Waikato District Council

Stop Mainland Poultry factory farming 400,000 hens for cheap eggs!

New Zealand's biggest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, want to build a massive industrial chicken egg laying farm at 64 Old Road, Orini in the Waikato Region. If Mainland Poultry get their way, they'll build a mega factory farm imprisoning 400,000 hens. The hens will be kept in a multi-tiered aviary system. Multi-tiered aviary systems are simply an adjustment on colony cages. The hens will have no access to the outdoors. Each building will contain 50,000 hens that will be kept in a stacked arrangement that reaches almost to the ceiling. Overseas, these systems have been described as "high rises" for chickens. Multi-tiered aviaries don't exist in New Zealand on the large scale that Mainland Poultry is proposing and they haven't been considered thoroughly in our animal welfare regulations. Mainland want to establish them in New Zealand because they can sell eggs from multi-tiered aviaries as "cage-free". But overseas, multi-tiered aviary systems have been shown to be significantly problematic for animal welfare.  Overseas research has shown much higher instances of cannibalism, broken bones and respiratory illness in hens kept in multi-tiered aviary systems. There's been massive public outcry in New Zealand about factory farming and farming animals intensively for cheap food production.  We don't want adjustments to cages and factory farming. We want these practices banned completely. New Zealand is said to be a world leader in animal welfare but building a mega factory farm like this would actually set us behind more progressive nations. Waikato District Council are currently considering Mainland Poultry's application. We're urging the Council to decline Mainland Poultry's application to build this mega hen hellhole. Please sign & share today if you feel the same!  

Direct Animal Action
35,202 supporters