Day 200 - 12 Dec 95 - Page 03
1 answer again loud and clear. Do not hurry what you have to
2 say. It is important I hear every word.
4 MS. STEEL: When you went into the shed did you walk around or
5 stay in the same place?
6 A. No, I stayed in the same place. I did not walk round
7 because I did not want to unsettle the birds.
9 Q. Did you move at all or was it fixed to the same spot?
10 A. I moved to the right just to film some birds in the
11 right-hand corner, but I did not move around. I moved to
12 my right.
14 Q. You did not walk down to the other end of the shed or
16 A. No.
18 Q. "I immediately telephoned and reported these pitiful cases
19 of neglect and cruelty and made an official complaint to
20 the Ministry of Agriculture. A Ministry of Agriculture vet
21 (Mr. Montague) inspected the farm the same afternoon,
22 within an hour of receiving my complaint.
24 I telephoned the Animal Health Department on 11th September
25 to find out what was happening with my complaint, and spoke
26 to Mr. Montague. He told me that he had inspected the
27 broiler sheds and had made his report. I also telephoned
28 the Senior Animal Health Inspector, Mrs. Williams. She
29 told me that Mr. Montague's report had been submitted and
30 it was unlikely that they would be prosecuted".
32 Before we show the video, can I just ask, do you have any
33 experience working with animals?
34 A. Yes, I do.
36 Q. Could you just say what that experience is?
37 A. I worked for six years as Senior Kennel Maid at the
40 Q. What animals were you looking after there?
41 A. Any animals that were brought in -- dogs, cats, farm
42 animals, horses, goats, chickens.
44 Q. So you do have some experience of what chickens are like?
45 A. Yes, I do.
47 Q. This was not your first sight of chickens?
48 A. No.
50 Q. That is what I was trying to say. OK. If we can show the
51 video? Is it appropriate if the witness operates the video
52 and then pause at various points and point out the relevant
53 parts and say what she wants to say about the video?
55 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do we have a remote control so that can be
56 done? If so, how far away does it operate from?
58 MS. STEEL: There is a remote control which we were using this
59 morning. I do not mind where the witness stands.