Animal rights activists protest at Mount Cotton chicken factory

PROTEST: The protesters – including some from outside Brisbane – arrived at the chicken slaughterhouse about 7am via five minibuses.
PROTEST: The protesters – including some from outside Brisbane – arrived at the chicken slaughterhouse about 7am via five minibuses.

UPDATE 11am:

Protesters had left the site before 10.30am.

Police said no Animal Liberation Queensland activists were charged.

EARLIER:

ANIMAL rights activists are protesting at Mount Cotton’s Golden Cockerel.

Animal Liberation Queensland spokesman Chay Neal said protesters had entered the site to protest against the slaughter of chickens.

“(About) 664 million chickens are killed every year in Australia – we are here to share their stories,” he said.

“Here in Queensland alone, we are slaughtering over 1.5 million chickens every week.

“Most of these chickens are six to eight weeks old and suffer greatly in their short lives as a result of selective breeding, which makes them grow at three times the natural rate.

“Within 10kms of this slaughterhouse, there are well over 100 massive sheds, each housing tens of thousands of individuals.

“We need to pause and consider these animals – not as packages on a supermarket shelf – but as unique individuals — individuals deserving of kindness and compassion, and lives of their own worth living.

“In the lead up to Christmas, we want people to consider the lives that are impacted by what we chose to eat or rather who we choose to eat.”

Mr Neal said the protesters – including some from outside Brisbane – arrived at the chicken slaughterhouse about 7am via five minibuses.

He said the group, some waving placards, had entered through a side entrance.

“There was 50 activists and so there was mot much security can do,” he said.

Mr Neal said the protest was peaceful. 

About 50 activists were inside the slaughterhouse wearing matching shirts emblazoned with “664 million chickens killed every year in Australia”.

About 30 were outside the grounds waving placards.

The protest had shutdown the factory, Mr Neal said.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said police from Redland Bay station were at the scene.

Police had been called about 7.30am and would try to move the protesters away from the site.

The spokesperson said it appeared the protest was not violent but activists had trespassed onto private property.

Golden Cockerel declined to comment, referring media to the Australian Chicken Meat Federation.

Redland City Bulletin has contacted ACMF for comment.