Stop Mainland Poultry factory farming 400,000 hens for cheap eggs!
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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.
At the very minimum, Waikato District Council should hold a hearing so that the affected community can have their say.
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