From: Patty Mark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It's about midnight and I just returned from a four hour council
meeting held in Geelong. Geelong Council was debating whether or not
to grant EATMORE POULTRY a planning permit to build a 25 shed
'broiler factory city' that would 'house' one million birds...five
batches a year with annual kill of five million animals.
THEY REFUSED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a long debate with about 15 people speaking against it, after
the company put up how wonderful it was all going to be. 193
objections were received. Tonights meeting virtually swayed it as
the initial council document prior to the meeting suggested it would
be approved. The 30 page Council document acknowledged "Many of the
objections received regarding animal cruelty spoke of issues relating
to battery hens. This application relates to Broiler chickens and not
battery hens. Having said this however, animal welfare issues are not
deemed to be a relevant planning matter."
I was the only person there who spoke on behalf of the chickens (and
I only knew one other person in the room of about 50 people.) The
local residents were very organised and spoke well. They focussed on
noise, traffic, pollution, personal health and visual amenity of the
area... but the most important thing to note is NOBODY obviously
wants to live near these horror holes and until the animal movement
gets more organised in this area it's the best hope the birds have.
I pointed out that broiler chickens were next on the list of being
identified in the greater community as being abused animals in need.
And that battery hens were 'hidden commodities' just a few years ago,
but not any more, and the broiler's turn was next. I then detailed
conditions our rescue team have found inside several broiler sheds,
and that condoning cruelty was very much a community issue and quite
relevant in planning matters.
The decision was unanimous by the four council members who commented
how much they were swayed by the ability of the local residents to
organise themselves and present a solid case with fact not emotion.
They then added, however that they were impressed with EATMORE
POULTRY's submission but their choice of location "was just in the
wrong place" and invited them to find a different location, as people
in the community wanted their products....
So.......... we still have a long way to go with this one, but at
least it will be put off for awhile, and all in all would have cost
Eatmore Poultry heaps.
Some points that came out
The sheds are depopulated at night from 11 pm til 4 am. An average
truck (with six week old birds) carries approx 6,500 birds on one
truck... this gets fewer as they take out birds two weeks later at a
larger weight. First pick-up is at 37 days of age and final pick-up
at 56 days of age. They plan/ned 40,000 birds per shed and expect 6%
mortality. That's 200 dead birds PER DAY EVERY DAY from
stress/starvation etc in their total batch of one million. The dead
bodies were to be frozen and then taken off the property to be
buried(to keep disease/odor/vermin at bay and the neighbors
Lesson learned we really have to make sure our supporters AND the
public understand the difference between battery hens and broiler
chickens...... AND the main way we'll get the message out is to get
the visuals from INSIDE the sheds out before the public's eyes.
for animals, Patty
Previous Alert: 6/28/2000: Protest Geelong Broiler Shed Proposal
United Poultry Concerns. September 4, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Planning Application For One Million Broiler Bird Factory Denied!)