Craddock Farms’ case to build a massive colony cage egg farm in Patumahoe will be heard in the Environment Court on 30th November. This follows a limited-notification hearing held by Auckland City Council almost a year ago where the companies proposal was declined.
Animal activists from the campaign group Stop Craddock Farms have worked alongside Patumahoe locals over the last year in the fight to stop the farm.
“We’ve been working hard to stop Craddock Farms building what will be one of the biggest of its kind in our country, confining 310,000 hens to cruel cages that contravene the Animal Welfare Act,” says Stop Craddock Farms spokesperson Deirdre Sims.
“If this farm is built, it’ll go along way towards entrenching cage farming in New Zealand for the next several decades. International trends show countries like Austria, Germany and Switzerland are already phasing out colony cages while we fall behind,”
“Ultimately we want the government to ban all cages for hens and if we can stop this giant caged hen hell hole from being built; that’s a big step in that direction,” says Ms. Sims.