Vigils with Melbourne Chicken Save as late have been nothing less than chaotic.
Most previous vigils have run smoothly. An arrangement is negotiated at the beginning of each demonstration on the day for activists to bear witness to and document animals at the entrances of the slaughterhouses. But at this particular chicken slaughterhouse they have refused to allow any such negotiation. Not only that, but to avoid us they have been entering their facility through alternative roads, building new gates, hiring additional security, avoiding the truck weigh bridge (so that activists can not film during the minutes that the truck is being weighed) and most alarmingly- calling truck drivers in advance to warn them of our presence and evidently telling them to stop for no one. There have been times that I have no doubt that is an activist had tripped in front of a truck, the truck would have run them down.
Why such a resistance? Why all that effort put into stopping people from documenting what is inside these trucks? As an industry that supplies to the public, why such an incredible amount of effort, money and resources put into ensuring consumers don't see how that industry operates. Why, because they know what we will see. They know we are likely to see dead birds. They know we likely will see injured birds. They know we will certainly see sick and dying birds- they all are. But even worse they know we will see and document sentient, living beings. And with that documented material we will be able to show even more consumers a glimpse of who, rather than what they are eating when they buy chicken products.
First image here was a determined baby bird trying to push herself through what she hoped was an escape route. None of them were to escape. All of them were to become products.
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