Another Investigation at Wiesenhof fattening factory and again the same
SOKO Tierschutz e.V. has documented images from October 2019 in one gigantic fattening factory of a Wiesenhof supplier in Königs Wusterhausen near Niederlehme. In this live over one Millions of chickens in about 40 halls, hidden in a forest.
The video material documents the conditions in this over several days and shows the catastrophic consequences for the animals in this exploitative system:
Dying animals, animals that don’t get to the water, carcasses crushed on the ground, carcasses on a doorknob and workers who go relentlessly through the animals causing stress and panic. Weak animals are killed by a broken neck.
SOKO Tierschutz e.V. already had informed the veterinary office on 05.12.2019.
They never got an answer.
Once again, the PHW group draws “consequences” by filing criminal charge against a farmer who is supposedly responsible for the documented Cruelty to animals.
By admitting individual misconduct, the leadership of the PHW Group repeatedly manages to distract from the everyday systematic exploitation of animals. At the same time, responsibility for what happens in the fattening farms is shifted to farmers dependent on PHW.
But the PHW group itself is responsible for the system’s inherent animal torture.
The conventional chicken fattening, which at Wiesenhof is about 95%,
provides that the animals in the shortest possible time gain a lot of weight in order to gain a maximum “slaughter weight”. That also means that it is accepted that the fattened animals, which within 38 days per day 60g or should gain more weight, cannot carry their own weight and collapse below. But that’s not all. The animals are denied all rights and basic needs such as scratching, exploring the environment, socializing, pecking the food, healthy care and above all self-determination and freedom. Because this does not fit the concept of chicken fattening to make money with the animals.
The chickens live on their own excrement because cleaning the fattening factories would be unprofitable. They are constantly exposed to stress. Because in the end up to 23 chickens have to share one square meter of space. The animals live in constant competition for food and space and suffer from painful diseases such as bone and muscle malformations and organ diseases as a result of the “turbo growth”.
With our campaign we demand: Abolition of the animal industry!
Closure of all plants of the PHW group!
We are calling for an agricultural change towards a solidary and ecological Production and organizational methods that are not at the expense of others takes place and is not oriented towards profit. This includes a construction stop of all animal production facilities in Germany and an immediate stop of the Feed imports from the global south.
Dear friends and comrades!
On the weekend before last (10th-12th January) we had another alliance meeting. This time we met in Berlin and to our excitement many new people joined us! Together we discussed several points, made decisions and networked in the different working groups.
Here are the most
– We have decided on the whole 8-day-period from 13th to 20th June 2020 for our camp. We will announce the exact action period within this period as soon as possible.
– Soon the first mobilization events will take place in different cities. When and where we will publish regularly on the website and here in the newsletter!
– Before the next meeting in Hamburg we want to decide on a logo so that flyers etc. can be printed
– we are looking forward to presenting it soon on the website and all further publications!
– During the meeting in Berlin, a new working group has also been networked, which will now take care of the design of the exciting camp program, which will take place alongside the planned mass action.
– Furthermore, since the last meeting, there is a working group Awareness, which is working out a concept to create a safer, less discriminating and more solidary space both at the meetings and during the camp.
Soon we will also be
sending out our participation newsletter, in which we will report in
more detail about the alliance and call for cooperation! Meanwhile
here are the dates and cities for our next alliance meetings:
– 14-16 February: Hamburg
– 20-22 March: Kassel
– 17-19 April: likely Cologne / Bonn area
– 15-17 May: not yet determined
We look forward to seeing you at the next meetings and/or the action!
Love and Rage,
Alliance “Together Against the Animal Industry” (Ger. “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”)
Dear comrades and friends,
here comes the first join-in newsletter of the alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”!
The Alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”
We, the alliance “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie”, are a cross-movement, supra-regional alliance that was founded in July 2019 as part of an action conference. Together we are calling for the end of the animal industry! We are convinced that we must take action ourselves to initiate a social process, since the corporations and the governments will not take the measures that we believe are necessary! We need an agricultural change towards a solidary and ecological production and organizational method that is not at the expense of others and is not geared to profit!
We have been holding regular alliance meetings in various cities since July. Most recently we met in Hannover at the end of November and discussed, planned and decided a lot. Among other things, we have decided as an alliance the name “Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie” And a self-image. And recently we have a website that we will continue to expand from now on: https://gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de/
Preparations are also progressing with regard to our planned action: under the motto “PHW ade!” We will go from 13th to 20th June 2020 to Rechterfeld in Niedersachsen, where the PHW Group is based. PHW with its brands Wiesenhof, Bruzzzler and co. As the largest German poultry breeder and processor, is a central player in the German animal industry. In Rechterfeld there are many different and important production areas of PHW in a confined space: the main headquarters, a feed production, a large hatchery and several fattening factories!
Preparing such a protest camp and a mass campaign naturally means a lot of work! We are a lot of committed people, but we still need some support in some places. Are you familiar with social media, would you like to hold information events, are you familiar with camp logistics or are you well networked in the Oldenburger Münsterland? Even if you still cannot really imagine which tasks you might like, but you simply have the time and strength to take part, then contact us and join us: mail (at) gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de!
You can find the appropriate PGP key for mail encryption here.
Our next alliance meeting: 10.-12. January in Berlin
Our next alliance meeting will take place from 10th to 12th January in Berlin! We look forward to new faces who want to advance the preparations with us.
Here is the basic data for the program of the meeting:
– Friday: For newcomers there is an introduction at 7 p.m. to make it easier to get started. There’s also a dinner together on Friday evening.
– Saturday: The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday and lasts all day – with breaks, delicious food and a nice evening program.
– Sunday: The meeting ends at around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Afterwards there’s lunch and then we clean up together.
If you are interested, please register by email, then we will send you all further information to: mail (at) gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de
You can find the appropriate PGP key for mail encryption here.
News about PHW
As if there weren’t enough occasions to take action against PHW, we received the following message from the citizens’ initiative “KW stink’s” from Königs-Wusterhausen near Berlin:
Dear opponents of factory farming in Brandenburg,
In a nutshell: In November 2019, it was announced that Wiesenhof had again submitted an application to the State Environment Agency in Brandenburg to increase the capacity in the Wiesenhof slaughterhouse in Niederlehme (Königs Wusterhausen). The LfU had already approved the expansion to 160,000 animals in November of last year (2018). Now it’s about 230,000 animals per day (!).
The citizens’ initiative KW stink’s wants to prevent this, together with a whole network of supporters from animal rights initiatives, environmental organizations and individuals. However, the ongoing opposition to the first extension and litigation by an experienced lawyer poses a huge financial challenge for BI and the active people. BI cannot bear the costs for this alone. The prospects of stopping Wiesenhof in court are good. But only if sufficient donations now come together can BI, NABU Brandenburg and a lawyer continue the ongoing opposition proceedings and plan further steps.
More information about the campaign: https://www.kw-stinkts.de/
We stand in solidarity behind “KW stink’s” and all other citizens’ initiatives that defend themselves against PHW and the animal industry!
Our donation account
Since we are facing high costs for camp and action, we hope for a variety of support from the movement. You are welcome to transfer small or large amounts to us – thank you!
Konto: Spenden und Aktionen
Betreff: “PHW ade” (important!)
IBAN: DE29 5139 0000 0092 8818 06
Geldinstitut: Volksbank Mittelhessen
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Here are some dates we are organizing or where we are starting and where you can get to know us:
10th 12th January, Berlin: Alliance meeting (mail (at) gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de)
January 12th, Berlin: joint banner painting campaign for the demo We are fed up (mail (at) gemeinsam-gegen-die-tierindustrie.de)
January 14, Diepholz: Lecture by Pastor Kossen about working conditions in the animal industry, event series Climate and Sustainability Diepholz (https://agenda21diepholz.jimdo.com/)
January 18, Berlin: Demo We are fed up (https://wir-haben-es-satt.de)
January 25, Bochum: Animal Rights Day (https://www.facebook.com/tierbefreierbochum/)
Alliance “Together Against the Animal Industry”
In recent years there have been numerous actions against the slaughterhouses and fattening factories of the PHW group. In order not to forget our – young – history and to get in the mood for the camp and the mass action in June, we will gradually document a selection of actions on this page.
On May 19, 2014, activists of “Mastanlagen Widerstand” blocked the Wiesenhof slaughter factory in Möckern (Sachsen-Anhalt). There is a very nice short documentary for this action: