French farmer starved 35 000 chickens

2012-03-06 22:08

Strasbourg - A French court convicted a factory farmer of animal abandonment on Tuesday after he allowed at least 35 000 chickens to starve to death.

Zeki Karahancer, a 43-year-old Turkish national, was handed a nine-month suspended jail sentence, a €3 000 fine and a five-year ban on managing battery farms.

He let the birds die in late 2010 after a financial dispute with his feed supplier left him short on food at the Kingersheim farm in eastern France which he ran as manager of Alsace Oeufs, the court in Strasbourg heard.

Surviving birds pecked at the carcasses to quell their hunger.

The deaths angered local residents after flies swarmed to the corpses, and drew the ire of animal rights groups as up to 6 000 chickens a day died at the farm, far above the industry average of 100 to 150 battery birds a week.

Authorities eventually removed 35 000 carcasses and sent a remaining 135 000 birds to the slaughterhouse.

  • pjn123 - 2012-03-06 23:05

    How can you do that to your unofficial national symbol

      Cindy Jacobus - 2012-03-07 03:59

      It's an outrage, poor defenseless animals!

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-07 11:27

      Whoever gave a thumbs down to Cindy's comment, go play in the traffic and cleanse the gene pool.

  • Peter - 2012-03-07 06:26

    Is the farmer or the food supplier guilty? Terrible that humans can do this to other living creatures.

  • edandchris - 2012-03-07 08:42

    I thought that this sort of thing only happened in China!! Shame on him..

  • Forsythe - 2012-03-07 11:03

    so were upset that 35000 died yet the surviving 135000 were then killed deliberately anyways..

  • mcghahn - 2012-03-07 12:11

    Why we vegetarians?... exactly of this type of monsterous behaviour.One feel so helpless and look at the petty fine!!! Governments with good ethics should stop all battery chicken farming of any sort.

  • Tracey.KitKat - 2012-03-07 12:30

    that is disgusting he should also be starved to death and eye for an eye.

  • Virginia - 2012-04-23 14:42

    What a pathetic punishment!!!! This man should be stung up in the square!

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