Protestors tell Tegel to 'cluck off' over controversial Northland chicken mega-factory

About 100 protestors have gathered outside poultry giant Tegel Foods’ Auckland head office in Newmarket.

The group is made up of animal right activists and members of a Dargaville-area marae that is situated near the proposed site of a new chicken farm that Tegel has said would be home to 1.3 million birds.

As the demonstrators gathered outside the headquarters this afternoon, one protestor shouted, “You can take your stinky farm and cluck off!”

Others held placards imploring the chicken company to “pull the plug” on the Northland “mega factory” project and suggesting it would be responsible for “40 tonnes of chook poo” per day.

Karen Exley, a beef farmer whose own farm is near the proposed site, said the project should be called a “factory” instead of a “farm”. It would contradict New Zealand’s reputation, she argued.

“We’re a clean, green country,” she said. “No one in New Zealand wants this, and we will follow you around.” 

Protesters are expected to move the demonstration to the nearby offices of Tonkin and Taylor, the engineers involved in the project.

The demonstration comes just days after covert footage from inside another Northland chicken barn run by Tegel showed apparently dead and deformed chooks. The Ministry for Primary Industries visited the barn shortly after activist group Direct Animal Action released the video.

"From our point of view if MPI don't prosecute over that, we will be disappointed," group spokesperson Diedre Sims told Radio New Zealand of the video, suggesting that it should also serve as a black mark against Tegel’s application for the new farm.

During her two visits to the Helensville farm, she said she saw "chickens with large open wounds, putrid rotting dead bodies (and) chickens laying on their backs unable to get up to access food and water”.

But the activists likely disturbed the birds, endangering them and putting them at risk, the company’s chief executive, Phil Hand, told RNZ.

Tegel had applied for resource consents to raise nine million birds a year near Dargaville. Source: 1 NEWS



Woman, 35, charged after elderly man kidnapped from Hastings car park

A 35-year-old woman has been charged following the kidnapping of an elderly man from a Hastings supermarket car park last month.

The woman is due to appear at Hastings District Court today charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

On Saturday July 28, the 87-year-old man was approached in a Countdown car park, on the corner of Queen Street West and King Street North, by several people who allegedly forced him into the back seat of his own car.

The elderly man was then driven to another Hastings suburb where a large sum of money was withdrawn from his account, police said in a statement.

Police are continuing to make enquiries into the incident and urge anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 

Justice Source: 1 NEWS

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Investigation underway after at least 10 people exposed to chemical at Christchurch worksite

Ten people are being transported to Christchurch Hospital for observation following a chemical incident at Argus Heating in the Christchurch suburb of Bromley this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene around 9.30am after numerous workers were exposed to organic peroxide.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson says those exposed are only being taken to hospital because of the current conditions outside. It is cold and due to rain, otherwise they would’ve been checked over at the scene.

Fire crews are currently decontaminating the scene at the moment.

The incident is being investigated.

Worksafe has been notified.

"++Note to Inspector: This is a surplus barrel of unknown origin, which was filled with water to support a temporary event fence. I assume Docks 1-5 refers to a loading dock, or shipping dock, the word before technology was unreadable. Thank you for your consideration.++Water is spilling from a plastic barrel onto asphalt pavement near grass. The water could assumedly be a toxic chemical, acid or other liquid pollution."
Chemical spill (file picture). Source: istock.com