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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Trial begins for animal rights activist

Video: Low : High

5/2/2006 6:00 PM
(WROC-TV News 8 Now)

A trial is underway in Wayne County Court for Adam Durand, a member of Compassionate Consumers, regarding his entering the massive Wegmans egg farm near Wolcott without two years ago.

There, he and others documented with video cameras what they claim was egregious animal cruelty among the approximately 750,000 laying hens housed in roughly a dozen barns.

The video, later used to make a documentary entitled "Wegmans Cruelty", depicts chickens stacked up row upon row, stuffed nine to a to a cage the size of a file cabinet drawer.

The Documentary further shows numerous feces and insect covered fowl which appear to be sick or dying. The Wegmans egg farm is one of the largest in the nation.

Durand is charged with burglary, a felony, as well as petit larceny and trespassing, both misdemeanors.

The charges stem from Durand allegedly being on Wegmans property without permission, and removing chickens from the premises.

Durand and his cohorts claim they only removed chickens when they deduced they were suffering and in immediate danger of dying. His lawyer plans to argue that his client did not enter the barns intent to take anything, and therefore he cannot be charged with felony burglary.

Durand and others, two of whom have plead to misdemeanors, claimed they only took the animals when they determined them to be suffering and in immediate danger of death.

To convict Durand, say his supporters, would be like convicting someone of trespassing who hopped their neighbor's fence to save a drowning child.

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Email Dave Mckinley @ McKinley@WROCTV.com to thank him for this story, especially his final remarks!


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