(AU) Public 'die-in' to fight for chook rights
- An "appropriate" police presence will today greet 10 or so
animal-rights campaigners when they stage a public "die-in" to
coincide with the 23rd World Poultry Congress underway in Brisbane.
The congress is bringing together a host of experts on a range of
topics affecting the international poultry industry, including bird
flu, avian genetics and China's rise as a major producer.
Animal Liberation Queensland spokesperson Cynthia Burnett said her
group would hold a small and and peaceful demonstration at Brisbane
Square in the CBD to highlight the industry's use of so-called
"broiler chickens", which are bred for their meat.
"It's a symbolic gesture really," Ms Burnett said.
"There will be 10 or a dozen people dressed in black carrying black
cut-outs of chickens and each person will be lying on the ground.
The World Poultry Congress is being held at the Brisbane Convention &
Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former Australian of the Year
Professor Peter Doherty is among the conference's keynote speakers.
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