I watched your programme last night where an axe [or a hatchet] was use to kill a chicken…. [chop off its head on a timber block] I also listened as I was told it had lived a happy life.
point 1: A chicken that has been ‘residing’ on your ‘farm’ reality tv show for [i guess] 6 [or 66 just in case] weeks [?] has not lived a life. It has got you tv media.
point 2: if a ‘battery farm’ you visited done that – you’d have held another press conference
point 3: sure as long as you get the media attention…… you can apologise after or pay karen to do another youtube video with you [no offence karen – even though you didn’t reply to my email aking if you were paid to do the video]
point 4: if that *is* [?] the way it is done….? not at 8.30pm, when I have my own chickens and my niece of 6 years old in my company. And this is still my head speaking.
point 5: watch the instructional video below. The humane way to kill a chicken…. [and re-read point no. 2]
If you would like to complain to RTE you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I emailed RTE and have had no response to date. see update below
If one follows the UK regulations, DEFRA [click here] write that:
Killing or slaughter should be conducted without causing “any avoidable excitement, pain or suffering to any animal”. Anyone carrying out killing or slaughter, by means other than a free bullet, must ensure that the animal is restrained appropriately and is stunned before slaughter.
For the record – my hens [or search ‘chickens’ within the blog]
I have received Bord Bia’s poultry products quality assured standards [duck, chicken, turkey] revision 1st May 2008 – [click here]. The points of note that I will quote are those with relevance to animal welfare.
What it doesn’t say is use the same axe [blood/ old feathers still attached]. But I wonder as a state broadcaster, should RTE have ensured the following even though not a commercial holding. In my opinion best practice should have been exemplary when being broadcast nationwide.
- p.18/45 – processors that carry out slaughtering must have at least one formally trained Animal Welfare Officer responsible for ensuring that animal welfare standards are maintained.
- p.20/45 – processors must appoint a formally trained Animal Welfare Officer who will be responsible for ensuring the welfare of poultry from catching, through delivery to the member plant, to holding facility, hanging on and slaughter
- p.21/45 – this page in its entirety
- p.29/45 – wood structures…… not permitted in any food area
- p. 30/45 – re: outdoors contamination
- p.32/45 – knives and sterilisation & effluent treatment
- p.33 & 34/45 – medical records [humans]/personal hygiene & condemned materials
- p.36/ 45 – entirely
UPDATE:21st May 2009
To: Complaints Review
Subject: richard corrigans killing
To: info[at] doneganlandscaping [dot] com
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:29 AM
Subject: Richard Corrigan
The DEFRA regulations you refer to, do not refer to chickens and do not apply in this country. Either way the DEFRA guideline for the killing of poultry reads as follows:
“Anyone killing or slaughtering an animal or bird on a farm must hold a slaughter license unless the animal is being killed by its owner for his private consumption.”
A similar situation applies in the Republic of Ireland and indeed we did have a licensed slaughter on site which had just been inspected by the city vet – although everyone who took part in the slaughter, killed did so for their own private consumption.
Thank you for also noting Bord Bia’s Quality Assured standards, but as you point out they don’t apply as we are not looking to be certified. However the industrial “best practice” you referred to was indeed broadcast on programme four when we visited the Carton Group in County Monaghan. Small holder “best practice” is to either wring the chicken’s neck, or chop the head off. Death is always a messy business.
- may 8th ’09 – richard corrigan[for the] silly farm…? [click here]
- may 12th ’09 – richard corrigan – the aftermath…? [click here]
- may 11th ’09 – gm food? de burca? …the green party?