Early 2021 Smits - source of energy, the producer of Eike eggs which are sold at Sligro, had informed us that they would like to have their spent laying hens caught upright. This involved a total of 40,000 chickens. These hens were to be caught and loaded mid-2022, supervised by a team from Eyes on Animals. Unfortunately, Eike informed us that they … [Read more...] about Hens from “Eike” sadly continued to be caught upside down by the legs
Today Eyes on Animals visited a poultry farmer in Groningen to talk about catching methods for chickens. He wanted to know more about the upright catching method and what exactly this would mean to him in practice. Because of the prevailing bird flu, we were not able to enter the poultry shed, however we were able to look in through the windows. The sheds and chickens … [Read more...] about Visit to poultry farmer to speak about upright catching of his birds
Henry Smith, MP of the Conservative Party in the UK (the party in power), is asking to phase out the current rough method of catching poultry (by their legs and holding them upside down, 4 to 5 per hand). He wants poultry to be caught gently and upright, loaded upright and given more headspace in the transport containers. … [Read more...] about UK MP tables amendment to new UK Animal Welfare Bill to also protect hens during catching!
Eyes on Animals has been documenting how spent laying hens are caught and loaded in Europe. This is just some of the footage and it is not even the worst. Spent hens raised on large farms are caught like this around the world and sadly even European officials and Member States have been tolerating it, despite it clearly being in violation of EU legislation. EU … [Read more...] about New film by Eyes on Animals showing how spent hens are caught in Europe
Together with World Animal Protection in Toronto, Canada, we hosted a successful Chicken Catching Webinar. 62 stakeholders from the Canadian poultry industry attended, from major slaughterhouses to major egg companies and even national supermarkets and Canadian government inspectors ! Eyes on Animals gave a talk about the new gentle method of chicken catching which we … [Read more...] about More than 60 Canadian chicken/egg-industry stakeholders attend the EonA and WAP webinar on the gentle upright method of catching