Kaipara locals and animal advocacy group Direct Animal Action will protest outside Tegel headquarters in Newmarket on Wednesday.
The protest coincides with the day the council hearings were originally planned to commence to decide the future of the proposed mega chicken farm just out of Dargaville.
“Tegel have stalled their mega factory plans, because they’re running scared in the face of so much public opposition and evidence of their abysmal animal welfare practices,” says the spokesperson for Direct Animal Action, Deirdre Sims.
It follows the recommendations from Kaipara District Council and Northland Regional Council against granting the Tegel application and new acquisitions of Tegel stock by Bounty Foods, a privately-owned chicken processor and retailer in the Philippines. “We’re teaming up with the Kaipara locals to keep the pressure on Tegel — because we want them to pull the plug on their mega-farm for good,” said Ms Sims.
“A large proportion of New Zealand is really disappointed in Tegel after the horrific animal suffering we revealed at one of their farms last week. We’re still awaiting the results of MPI’s investigation, and we’re hopeful of a prosecution.”
“In addition to Tegel’s poor animal welfare practices, their bullying of the Kaipara locals over the mega-farm is just unacceptable.
“Tegel hasn’t been listening to Kaipara’s concerns, but luckily the rest of New Zealand has.”
The protest will take place at the Tegel headquarters, 100 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland on Wednesday, August 8 at noon.