Chicken farm protesters arrested

05:38, Jun 25 2012
Chicken farm protest
PLUCKY: A protester in action this morning.

Police have arrested three people who blockaded the workers' entrance to an Otago chicken farm this morning to protest against battery hen farming.

The three Auckland women, aged 22, 33 and 43, were part of a group protesting outside Zeagold Foods, a division of Mainland Poultry at Waikouaiti, 40km north of Dunedin.

Two protestors suspended themselves from seven-metre high tripods, and one was chained to the main farm gate. They were joined by about 15 protestors on foot.

Those arrested have been charged with obstructing a public way. They have been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

The two protestors suspended from the steel tripods had to be cut down by specialists in cherry pickers, Coalition to End Factory Farming spokesperson Carl Scott said.

"Although they had to be cut down, they came down peacefully.

"We are very happy with how the police handled it."

A group of police with bolt cutters, engineers and cameras had to be assembled, before the police could safely cut the protestors down, he said.