Nulaid scandal in Rustenburg, horrid conditions

2014-03-11 12:00
A chicken at the Nulaid factory in Rustenburg. (NSPCA)

A chicken at the Nulaid factory in Rustenburg. (NSPCA)

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Cape Town - The NSPCA has discovered brutal and horrid conditions at a Nulaid factory in Rustenburg, where an employee is accused of selling emaciated, injured and diseased ridden birds.

The NSPCA (National Council of SPCA's) says that it is in the process of formally laying a criminal charge in terms of the Animals Protection Act against Nulaid.

An unnamed employee is accused of selling dying birds that were so thin and injured their wings and legs were broken.

According to the report the birds had wounds that were so infected they were turning green.

Nulaid is a company that is part of Pioneer Foods.

The degree of cruelty is so damaging that the NSPCA believes that this is a national concern.

The NSPCA’s Farm Animal Protection Unit describe the factory in Rustenberg as a “Cull Outlet” and at the most recent visit the protection agency noticed that chickens which have been termed “end-of-lay or end-of-breed” were still being sold.

The end-of-lay or end-of-breed term means that the animals are no longer financially viable and therefore cannot be sold.

There birds have spent their entire lives being stuck in cages and subsequently are no longer healthy.

They cannot be sold to the public

Some of these birds were so thin and abused that they were literally stuck in the fences of their cages says the report by the NSPCA.

Nulaid records show that at this particular factory in Rustenburg in one month 1 737 chickens were either dead on arrival or were immediately slaughtered.

The NSPCA found that between 24 and 25 February 2014 the factory received 58 dead birds and 109 birds that needed to be immediately slaughtered.

Due to the extreme abuse at the factory the NSPCA acquired a order to have all the birds at the factory humanely slaughtered.
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