v Longstreet Farm in New Jersey Needs to Hear from Animal Activists! - 14 August 2012
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14 August 2012
Longstreet Farm in New Jersey Needs
to Hear from Animal Activists!

“Friends of Longstreet Farm,” a coalition of New Jersey animal activists, provided the following information and contacts to United Poultry Concerns

WHO: The animals living at historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, New Jersey. This is a county owned & run farm owned by the taxpayers of Monmouth County. The Farm promotes itself as a “working historic farm” whose personnel may therefore do as they see fit with the animals.

WHAT IS GOING ON: Animals are purposely bred there, sometimes twice a year so that visitors can see “cute” baby animals. The public assumes that these same animals live out their lives there. In reality, animals are sold for slaughter when they become too old or ill to be worked, or there are “too many.” Proof of this has been documented since 2004.

Friends of Longstreet Farm documents, obtained through public records requests, show that pigs, sheep, lambs, cows and chickens have been sold to places where they will be slaughtered. Other animals have been “traded” or “re-homed” to unknown places.

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Longstreet Farm hens in July 2012. Photo by Suzanne Dragan

Birds – typically forty or more adult chickens and a few guinea fowl – live in a 25’ long by 8’ wide chicken house with an open fenced-in dirt area 25’ by 25’ attached to the front of the house. Documentation from 5/15/12 shows a purchase of 15 male chicks and 25 female chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery in Indiana. Based on observations of untreated injuries, veterinary care seems nonexistent.

Sandy, one of the two managers of Longstreet Farm, told Friends of Longstreet Farm earlier this month that the 15 male chicks, upon maturity, would be slaughtered sometime after August 11 in a public “Chicken Dressing” workshop. Shawn, another manager at the farm, said, “The public can watch the slaughter if they want.” Today, however, they said that there will be no more “dressing”/slaughter workshops at the farm for the rest of 2012, but that the 15 male chicks purchased from McMurray Hatchery will be sold for slaughter soon.

WHAT DO WE WANT?

1. To stop any pending & all future “Chicken Dressing/Slaughter Workshop”/demonstrations.

2. ALL the animals living at Longstreet Farm to live out their lives there in Peace.

3. ALL the animals living at Longstreet Farm to receive regular veterinary care and immediate treatment for injuries.

4. No breeding, buying, selling, hatching or trading of any animals there.

5. To ensure the safety and well-being of ALL the animals at Longstreet Farm, not just the mammals, as required by the New Jersey State Humane Standards Laws. We want Longstreet Farm to replace the animals who die there with rescued animals only. The Farm should remain historic except for the poor treatment, trading and slaughtering of animals.

PLEASE CONTACT:

The Board of Monmouth County NJ Freeholders (elected county officials) and the Monmouth County Parks System Directors

Monmouth County Freeholders (county officials)

Freeholder Director John Curley: jcurley@co.monmouth.nj.us

John Curley’s Assistant Joanne Dentin: 732-683-8836

Freeholder Serena DiMaso: serena.dimaso@co.monmouth.nj.us

Serena DiMaso’s Assistant Frida McLoughlin: 732-431-7411

General phone number for all the Monmouth County Freeholders: 732-431-7387

General email address for all the Freeholders: mmasnick@co.monmouth.nj.us

Mailing Address: Monmouth County Freeholders, Hall of Records, 1 East Main Street Freehold, NJ 07728

Monmouth County NJ Parks System Directors

James Truncer: 732-842-4000 ext. 4215

David Compton: 732-842-4000 ext. 4220

Managers of Longstreet Farm: Sandy & Shawn 732-946-3758. (They do the slaughter demos & send the animals off to be killed.)

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The following three Letters of support for the Friends of Longstreet Farm were published in the Monmouth County Independent on August 9, 2012: http://ind.gmnews.com/news/2012-08-09/letters

For more information about the Friends of Longstreet Farm campaign, please contact New Jersey animal activist Suzanne Dragan at animaltalk@optonline.net.

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