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UNDERCOVER footage released by animal rights campaigners yesterday reveals illegal violence against hens being inflicted by the staff of an RSPCA-approved company.
Animal Justice Project (AJP) infiltrated Norwich-based firm AD Harvey for several months, recording footage of hens being kicked, swung around, thrown and hit with feeders and crates.
One worker is recorded saying: “It only takes one idiot to just come in here and film what we do ... and all the animal rights lot will be down here.
“They all think chickens walk around in fields, think 20 chickens in a field will feed the nation.”
AJP spokeswoman Claire Palmer said: “Faced with indisputable violence against hens, the RSPCA must take decisive action, beginning with the permanent severing of ties with AD Harvey and the launch of criminal proceedings against potential law violators.
“The distressing, breakneck speed at which hens, at the close of their productive lives, are nightly captured by gangs under the watch even of the RSPCA underscores the urgency for a shift away from animal agriculture.”
The animal welfare charity said it was suspending the company.
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