At Manor Farm de Vlinderstrik, laying hens were caught upright instead of upside down by their legs. Poultry farmer Albert Boersen shared this today on Twitter. He also wrote about bringing them to the slaughterhouse himself and asking them to “treat the chickens with the same care as he had done”.
We are delighted that an increasing number of poultry farmers such as de Vlinderstrik, are switching to the upright method to spare their chickens from as much stress and pain as possible. By sharing such actions on social media, they are spreading the news about this method to other farmers, and in addition they are creating more awareness among consumers.
We would like to compliment de Vlinderstrik on their decision and will add them to our “Better Farmers list”. This is a list of farms where chickens not only lead a good life, but where they are also caught in a more humane way (upright) when they have to go to the slaughterhouse.
In 2016 Eyes on Animals introduced the upright catching method in the Netherlands and started training catching teams. Since then, the following companies have made the switch:
- Boerveenshof (Demeter)
- Dennenhoeve (Demeter)
- Rombouts (Demeter)
- Herenboerderij de Vlinderstrik