Day 108 - 27 Mar 95 - Page 02
1 Monday, 27th March 1995
3 MISS STEEL: Thank you for the delay.
5 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do you want to call Miss Druce?
7 MRS. CLARE CATHERINE DRUCE, affirmed
8 Examined by The Defendants
10 MR. JUSTICE BELL: How would you like to be addressed, Miss,
11 Mrs. or Ms?
13 THE WITNESS: "Mrs."
15 MS. STEEL: Can you give your full name and address to the
16 court, please? Can you give your address?
17 A. Hollin Brigg House, Holunbridge, Huddersfield.
19 Q. Sorry, if you could keep your voice up?
20 A. Right.
22 MR. JUSTICE BELL: You are co-founder of Chickens' Lib and
23 National Organiser of FAWN; is that right?
24 A. Yes.
26 MS. STEEL: Can you tell us your current position, please?
27 A. I am National Organiser of the Farm Animal Welfare
28 Network which incorporates chickens.
30 Q. Can you give us examples or can you say what type of work
31 and activity Chickens' Lib or FAWN is involved in?
32 A. We have researched into the poultry industry very
33 widely by various means. We have bought a great many
34 birds, mainly battery hens, for various reasons. I have
35 done a great deal of reading, research and we have used
36 this for educational purposes. We have done a lot of work
37 sending video. Our latest video, for instance, went into
38 over over a thousand schools in this country and the
39 Republic of Ireland last year.
41 I have kept poultry myself extensively for many years,
42 studied their behaviour. I think that is the main thrust
43 of it, looking deeply into the background of the industry
44 which often is not at all apparent to the general public.
46 Q. Do you have any formal qualifications for your work
47 concerned with poultry welfare?
48 A. No, I am qualified to teach the clarinet.
50 Q. Could you just give us some more detail of your experience
51 and expertise with regard to poultry, the poultry industry
52 and poultry welfare?
53 A. We started our campaigning in the early 1970s. It
54 began by just looking into the question of poultry welfare
55 because I read Ruth Harrison's book, "Animal Machines",
56 which, in fact, sparked off the formation of the Brambell
57 Committee. It really took the lid of what was happening to
58 factory farmed animals, so-called, and that alerted me to
59 the conditions of animals.