Statement by Bridgewater Poultry Farm Pty Ltd

18 June 2019

The management and staff at Bridgewater Poultry Farm are appalled by the conduct of employees of an accredited third-party contractor shown in the video released by Animal Liberation on Monday 17 June 2019. This conduct is not condoned, approved or permitted in any way by the management or staff of Bridgewater Poultry Farm.

In accordance with Victorian legislative requirements, we appointed an accredited poultry depopulation contractor to ethically euthanise and dispose of the stock following a recent outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). This is a not a situation that any farmer wants to find themselves in, however it was deemed a necessary step in containing the outbreak.

Bridgewater Poultry Farm had not seen the footage before it was first published at 3.49pm on Monday 17 June 2019 and were not aware of the comments and conduct made by the staff employed by the contractor to carry out these works.

We will proactively work with the Victorian Government and all relevant authorities over the coming days to identify any shortcomings in the treatment of stock and the reasons for them.

We also call on Animal Liberation and the person or persons in possession of the footage to immediately provide the raw, un-edited and un-modified footage to Victoria Police or the Department of Primary Industries so that the individuals engaging in this conduct may be investigated and, if the relevant authorities consider it appropriate, charged.

Bridgewater Poultry Farm is an industry leading, family run egg farm with more than 30 years’ experience. We are deeply saddened by the actions of these individuals, which are not reflective of the ethics or values of our farm.

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