hens' reality on Israeli farm exposed by hidden webcam
pressure group Anonymous for Animal Rights reveals battery cage conditions
ahead of parliamentary vote
hens confined to a small wire coop in a battery farm in central Israel have
become the stars of a 24-hour web-feed aimed at drawing attention to the
plight of caged chickens ahead of a key parliamentary vote tomorrow.
who barely have room to move inside their 40cm x 33cm x 45cm cage, are forced
to peck for food through wire mesh.
from Anonymous for Animal Rights, a Tel Aviv-based pressure group, installed
a hidden camera in a covert operation at an unidentified chicken farm in
had to use small yet reliable equipment that could transmit continuously
from the chicken coop to a PC hidden in its vicinity," said one activist
involved in the operation. "Today, in the free-flowing era of the internet,
one cannot hide such things any more."
was well concealed, according to Chen Morad, who is running the campaign
for Anonymous. "We know they are looking for it," she said.
people have no idea how hens are held. On cartons you see picture of hens
in meadows in the sunshine, very happy. But in reality they are kept in
cages unable to spread their wings or stand up. We want people to know what
these animals are going through."
(parliamentary) committee will vote tomorrow on whether battery cages should
be banned in Israel. "We hope that the MPs watch the live broadcast
before the vote," said Morad.
to the site was so heavy that it crashed repeatedly today.