RSPCA investigating Forrestdale chicken farm over cruelty claims


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RSPCA are continuing to investigate a report made into the treatment of hens at a chicken farm in Forrestdale.

RSPCA WA Inspectors made a site inspection on Wednesday after a report was made regarding the treatment of hens.

RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said the footage of the farm was shocking.

“The way in which these chickens were handled and euthanised is not reflective of best industry practice,” she said.

“Unfortunately, there is a lack of legislative standards for the industry in relation to on-farm euthanasia of spent layer hens.

“Best practice guidelines developed by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited in 2015 recognise deficiencies similar to the methods observed in Forrestdale.”

She said RSPCA WA called on the industry and farm owners to urgently adopt best practice guidelines to achieve better animal welfare.

PETA Australia’s Campaign co-ordinator Claire Fryer treating chickens like rubbish was par for the course in the egg industry.

“On many egg farms like the one at Forrestdale, hens are crammed into filthy, stinking sheds with thousands of other chickens, only to be killed when they are about two years old,” she said.