SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

Egg farm regulator says they are confident cull at was done properly

The BCSPCA and Canada Food Inspection Agency are investigating a complaint about the way a hen cull was done at Zaitamyn Poultry Inc., an egg farm in Salmon Arm.

Members of the animal rights activist group Okanagan Animal Save recorded video of the cull on April 7, and stated they saw chickens being swung into an electric hopper and then piled into a dumpster while some were still alive.

Amanda Brittain, the director of communications and marketing for BC Egg, a regulatory body for commercial egg operations in B.C., said BC Egg is confident the farmer did everything properly in this case and hen welfare is a top priority for both them and their farmers.

Read More: Salmon Arm couple suspect dog’s death due to poisonous plant

Read More: Bastion Mountain landslide report ‘sobering’

Brittain said when hens reach the end of their laying cycle it is common practice to euthanize them, making room for the next flock. She said hens from Lower Mainland farms are usually trucked to a processing facility to be culled; in the Interior they are often euthanized on farm as was the case at Zaitamyn Farm.

According to Brittain, on-farm culls are preferred in the Interior because the welfare of the hens cannot be guaranteed on the truck journey over the Coquihalla.

She added that the electrocution method of euthanasia that was used is endorsed by both the American and Canadian Veterinary Medical associations for providing a quick and painless death.

Read More: VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Read More: Update: Court hearing for man charged in fatal church shooting adjourned to May

Brittain said the SPCA has visited the farm as part of their investigation.

Lorie Chortyk, the general manager of community relations for the BCSPCA, confirmed they are investigating the matter.

One of the images shared by Okanagan Animal Save shows them speaking with RCMP officers outside the gates of the farm. Staff Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP said the officers were called to the farm to liaise between a small number of protesters and the owners of the property. He said the officers were there to ensure the rights of all involved were respected, and to ensure public safety was maintained. It was determined that no further police action was required as the protest was small and orderly, and the rights of the property owner as well as the protesters were respected.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

Kelowna Cabs’ dispatchers will be coming back to work now that their union and the taxi company have come to an agreement. (Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs dispatchers set to go back to work

The taxi company and the dispatchers’ union have reached an agreement

t
Motorcyclist critically injured in Westside Road collision

Motorcyclist collides with vehicle, struck by another: preliminary police findings

People at the beach in front of Discovery Bay Resort on Tuesday, July 14. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Heat wave forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures are forecast to hit record breaking highs this week

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kelowna mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead

Pair discovered in their Vancouver Island home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Photograph By MICHAEL POTESTIO.KTW
Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

Most Read