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Help the Lakesland 13

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The Lakesland 13 refers to 13 activists who made an open rescue attempt to free the Hens from a free range egg facility in Lakesland NSW Australia.  NSW Hen Rescue and Legion Dx Sydney received anonymous footage that showed these hens in deplorable conditions. They decided to take action when they were not satisfied that the hens best interests were at the forefront of the pending investigation by the RSPCA. 

This campaign is to assist rescuers who were charged with a range of offences including animal cruelty for attempting to rescue the hens from starvation, with their legal costs. Any remaining funds will be directed towards NSW Hen Rescue so they can continue their tireless work liberating Hens. 

THE STORY SO FAR ... 


BREAKING: CAUSE OF LAKESLAND HEN SUFFERING IS ILLEGAL FORCED MOULT

According to information Mark Pearson (Animal Justice Party NSW) received from Steve Coleman, CEO of the RSPCA NSW, the farmer of 220 Mowbray Park Road, Lakesland, was found to be conducting an illegal forced moult. This is when someone purposefully causes immense stress to laying hens by starving and withholding water to force them into a moult. Many will die but the aim is to increase egg production overall at the end of the process.

Where it all began: 

Following an anonymous tip from a member of the public, footage has been released of thousands of hens struggling for life in a free-range egg laying facility in Lakesland, NSW. The footage highlights the appalling conditions in which the hens live, without food or water, lying amongst the bodies of those already deceased.

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The whistle-blower that discovered the gruesome scene immediately contacted the RSPCA who informed them that there was nothing they could do. They were referred to the local police, who also failed to arrive at the site. 


"I was shocked to see the appalling state of these hens and the piles of dead bodies”, stated Catherine Kelaher of NSW Hen Rescue. “I was unable to approach the facility without feeling the cracking of bones underfoot as there were so many dead. Although this footage is particularly heinous, this type of scene is common in the egg industry where hens such as these are treated as nothing but a commodity”. 

Catherine is  requesting that all who see the footage contact the RSPCA (02 9770 7555) and demand action to be taken. The footage has been released on NSW Hen Rescue's Facebook page:  

https://www.facebook.com/NSWHenRescue/videos/2124469210914703/ 


Isy Veira from the animal liberation group Legion DX Sydney, is demanding that the facility be shut down immediately, the owner prosecuted and for all hens to be rescued and given medical attention. NSW Hen rescue made it clear they were able to provide all of this as they are a registered charity. "Free range does not mean free from cruelty or harm” Isy clarified. 


On Thurs 21 June over a week after the original complaint had been made and after the failure of RSPCA to respond to the plight of the Lakesland Hens, up to 30 members and supporters staged a protest outside the Lakesland Farm. RSPCA inspectors were on site and when seen leaving the site and questioned by rescuers on the state of the hens  they refused to offer any information on the hens or release them to the care of the rescuers. At this point negotiations failed and an open rescue attempt was made to release these hens from the horror of this farm. 

Watch the rescue attempt here:  https://www.facebook.com/NSWHenRescue/videos/2131089770252647 


13 people were arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Police have falsely claimed that rescuers killed hens despite the fact these girls were found drowning in their own excrement and gasping for breath as clearly demonstrated in the footage. 


The RSPCA has allowed the farmer to continue operating despite the atrocities and neglect to these hens. They have instructed him to depopulate the shed by 1500 birds, meaning that they will be sent for slaughter. Negotiations were started by the RSPCA with the farmer however he has refused to allow the hens to be rescued. The RSPCA are not using their powers to seize these birds and instead are allowing this monster to continue. 

We implore the RSPCA to stop the PR spin and do the right thing by the Lakesland Hens by allowing them to be released to safety with NSW Hen Rescue. 


For Further Comment: 


Catherine Kelaher 

NSW Hen Rescue 

Email: admin@henrescue.org 



Isy Veira 

Legion DX Sydney 

legion_dxsydney@protonmail.com 
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UPDATE LAKESLAND HENS OPEN RESCUE COURT CASE ... 2ND HEARING DATE SET:

Our court appearance back in March definitely was an emotional roller coaster. To relive the open rescue attempt and see and hear the hens in the video evidence and how close we came to saving some of them, has just been gut wrenching. It was so disheartening to see rescuers reach out to the RSPCA and have our pleas to help the girls ignored. Then to listen to the way they spoke of animals as "stock" and "it".

In terms of the rescuers, 5 have chosen to take plea deals due to personal circumstances that meant it was in their best interests to plead guilty to trespass and theft with the remaining charges dropped. A very tough and difficult decision for them to make however understandable given the circumstances.

The remaining 7 have stuck with the not guilty pleas and so far have had the cruelty charge dropped for all due to lack of evidence and the malicious damage charge dropped for all except one.

So the remaining charges to be faced by all are 2 trespass charges and the theft, and 2 assault charges and malicious damage for one. We will continue to fight these charges which now will not be resolved until a second hearing date set for 3 days in July. There are still 3 witnesses for the prosecution that need to testify and more video evidence to be presented.

At the end of it all though, we were there for the hens then and we are still here for the hens now. These poor girls lost their lives in such a cruel and unjust way and this battle will continue until we get justice for them. Anything we feel or experience is nothing when compared to the suffering of the Lakesland Hens. They were starved and deprived of food and water, they lived in their own excrement and mud, they had no proper shelter or protection from predators, no vet care and their very existence was a nightmare.

Whilst it's frustrating to have to wait a further 4 months for justice to be served, we are pleased with the outcome so far and to have some of the charges dropped. Our legal team have been amazing and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication to our case.

Legion DX Sydney and NSW Hen Rescue continue to ask our supporters to remember the Lakesland Hens. Thank you all for your guidance and messages of support.

#JusticeForTheLakeslandHens
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As mentioned in our previous update our Court date has been confirmed for the week starting Mon 25 Mar to Fri 29th Mar and is expected to run over the 5 days.

We are currently stepping up our preparations for our defence and have essentially been reliving the day as we pour through statements and body cam footage. As I'm sure you can imagine this has been very distressing for all the rescuers and it is indeed a difficult time for us to remember the Lakesland Hens we tried to save.

Having said that we'd like to thank The Animal Project for organising a Courthouse demonstration for our supporters to stand in solidarity with us and to remember the Lakesland Hens. If you are able to attend one of the days we would love to see you. Event details are below:

"Please join the Sydney Animal Activist community to unite in a peaceful week-long demonstration standing in solidarity with the 12 activists from Legion DX Sydney & NSW Hen Rescue who face a collective 60 years in prison for attempting to liberate the thousands of sick and dying hens subjected to horrific neglect and cruelty by Shaun Stone, at his free-range egg farm in Lakesland NSW in June 2018."
[The Animal Project - https://www.facebook.com/events/407911076692843/]

Stay tuned to the event for regular updates and we hope to see you on the day.

Always in Solidarity for the Lakesland Hens.
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LAKESLAND 13 UPDATE:

We have some great news for our supporters! The young person who was charged for standing up for the Lakesland Hens has had all charges dropped by the Prosecution. The remaining 12 are very pleased that she was able to achieve this result and we now wait to see if the same will be offered to any of the other rescuers.

Unfortunately Police have indicated that there is the potential for a further charge to be added: Obstruction of persons exercising power s28 POCA. We are still waiting on further details of this charge as well as final submissions of all the footage mentioned in the brief of evidence. [The police have been very disorganised and rather slack with this].

At this stage the hearing is set for 25th March and will run for 5 days at Liverpool local court however we will post further details confirming this as they become available. We are planning on holding a vigil/protest during the court proceedings so stay tuned for updates. All we know of F(h)armer Shaun Stone is that he is due back in court for another mention early May and he has also sold Albion Park Poultry to another abuser.

Thank you once again for all your continued support throughout this case and please continue to share the story of the Lakesland Hens.

Isy Veira
Legion DX Sydney.
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My apologies for the length of time between updates. The LakesLand 13 case continues ... Our next mention is in November as we are still waiting for the Police to provide the full Brief of Evidence. From what we have received so far it is obvious who should be on trial.

It would also seem at this stage our hearing will not be held until early 2019 and we will remain under our bail conditions until this time. We were able to have one varied so we are able to attend actions and be present at DPI properties if we have Notice of Assembly to be there or it's a place of residence or employment.

Thank you once again for all the support. There's still a long battle ahead but we are positive this case will set a precedent in NSW for Open Rescues.

Below is a post we shared via LEGION facebook on September 20 not long after receiving some of the evidence against us ...

MORE RSPCA LIES EXPOSED!

When RSPCAFail officer Lisa Maree Lindsay attended the Lakesland Hen Massacre she recognised Shaun Stone immediately.

How did she know Shaun Stone?

From a previous cruelty charge, 9 years earlier.

The RSPCA NSW KNEW Shaun Stone was an animal abuser when they fined him 9 years earlier and then allowed him to continue being a guardian of hens. Lisa Maree Lindsay went on to leave the property with the hens in Shaun Stone and his two sons ‘care’.

Soon, we’ll expose the moment Officer Croker gives permission to Shaun Stone to begin murdering the hens himself.

At Lakesland over 4000 hens were massacred. 13 activists face a collective 65 years in prison for attempting to liberate the sick and dying hens that Shaun Stone had abused by undertaking a ‘forced moult’ by withholding food for 9 days.

Please share the original anonymous footage below and ask yourself would you be compelled to act?

https://www.facebook.com/NSWHenRescue/videos/2124469210914703/

#RSPCAFail #RemembertheLakeslandHens #Lakesland13 #LegionDXSydney #NSWHenRescue

NLIS 2111 [Isy Veira]
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