England: Free Range Chicken Farm Has License Suspended After Activists Take Action and Release Undercover Video Footage.

At least 150 activists from Brighton-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stormed the farm this morning. They are pictured here surrounded by chickens

Photos – Direct Action Everywhere


(English)  Free range chicken farm that supplies supermarkets including Tesco and Asda has its licence SUSPENDED by the RSPCA after activists found dozens of hens in ‘horrific’ conditions

Video link – https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/preview/mol/2020/01/28/117574580192721106/636x382_MP4_117574580192721106.mp4

A free range chicken farm that supplies major supermarkets has had its licence suspended by the RSPCA after animal rights activists found rotting corpses, bleeding hens and filthy conditions at the business.

RSPCA investigators intervened at Hoads Farm near Hastings, East Sussex, after they were ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by the apparent state of the farm’s chickens.

Supermarkets including Tesco‘s, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons sell free range eggs from the farm, according to its website, at around £2 for a box of six.

Tesco today said it was ‘deeply disturbed’ by the images inside the farm and would not sell any of its eggs until an investigation was completed.

At least 150 activists from Brighton-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) stormed the farm on Monday morning, after publishing a video of conditions there, and demanded action from the authorities.


Animal rights activists from Direct Action Everywhere filmed dead and partially decomposed birds lying on wire and the floor inside the farm

The activists sat inside chicken enclosures wearing protective gear and were later filmed carrying 50 birds out of the farm. The birds have now been pictured inside their homes on social media.

Footage of the grim conditions inside the farm was captured by DxE activists during a six-month investigation, which involved several visits.

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RSPCA Assured, which oversees the charity’s certification of free range egg farms and made the decision to suspend the business from the scheme, said: ‘We are shocked and appalled by this footage and we understand why people are upset.

‘Any allegations of poor welfare issues on RSPCA Assured certified farms are taken extremely seriously, which is why we have suspended the farm’s accreditation while we urgently investigate.’

They also photographed an egg sorting machine left surrounded by cracked eggs and their contents. RSPCA Assured, which made the decision to suspend the farm, said it was 'shocked' and 'appalled'

The RSPCA said it had ‘very serious concerns’ about Hoads Farm after viewing the footage.

Around 50 birds were taken and are to be provided with sanctuary:


Hoads Farm claims on its website that it ensures ‘high welfare standards’ using the British Egg Industry Council ‘Lion’ Code.

‘We are constantly striving to ensure that we supply the freshest and tastiest free range eggs to our customers,’ they said online.

‘This not only means adhering to highest industry standards, but also implementing our own unique standards of quality control.’

Eggs produced by Hoads Farm are sold to Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons according to the farm's website. They tend to be priced at around £2 for six

One Response

  1. Disgusting. If you really want to eat eggs… I think it’s wise to keep laying hens in your garden.
    Unfortunately we take note of these abuses every day, as regards the bio inherent eggs or animals for slaughter as well as the bio in reference to fruit and vegetables.
    It’s a shame. And fortunately there are activists who denounce and make these crap public domain.

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