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Equipment Company Rejects Battery Hen Allegations

13 February 2015

INDIA – A farm equipment provider has refuted allegations over being issued high court notice regarding plans for an egg battery farm.

Big Dutchman denied receiving a letter from Allahabad high court relating to the alleged development of a 150,000 bird “barren wire battery cage farm” in western Upper Pradesh after the story appeared in national Indian media.

Pictures used by the FIAPO were not of Big Dutchman products

Accusations came from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) as part of an ongoing Indian poultry welfare debate.

Referring to an FIAO press release, Big Dutchman said: “We would like to point out that at no point have we actually received a court notice as stipulated in this “press release”.”

“Secondly, please be informed that we do not have any project with a company in Uttar Pradesh to establish a 150,000 egg laying hen farm.”

Pictures circulated with the press release (pictured) depicted hens in cages not sold by Big Dutchman, a spokesman added.

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Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms.

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