BC chicken-catching company pleads guilty to animal abuse – Cowichan Valley Citizen



The Chilliwack chicken-catching company involved in a high-profile animal abuse case has pleaded guilty to two of 38 charges in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Elite Farm Services Ltd. pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 27 in Chilliwack court.

Elite, along with business owner Dwayne Paul Dueck and Ontario-based Sofina Foods, each faced 38 charges under the Health of Animals Act in the case involving videos of Undercover tours by California-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals.

Undercover footage of employees wearing Elite vests showed them throwing, kicking, stomping and tearing birds apart on farms in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey.

The videos were called “absolutely disgusting” by the executive director of the board of BC Chicken Marketing, and Dueck himself expressed his shock.

“We are sickened by the images and want to assure all of our suppliers and producers that it does not reflect who we are, our core beliefs or the behavior we accept from our employees,” Dueck said in a company statement released. in June 2017.

Dueck, Sofina, and their legal teams filed numerous demands with the court in the months following their indictment in 2017, including regarding the admissibility of video evidence and allegations of abuse of process.

Then they asked for the charges to be dropped due to unreasonable delay, a Charter request under section 11 (b) which states that cases must be heard within a reasonable time. This hearing began at the end of August and ends at the beginning of September.

Last year, alleged Elite Farm Services employees were again caught on video undercover injuring chickens on an Abbotsford egg farm on July 15, 2020. No charges have been laid in connection with it. with this incident.

The parties are due to appear in court shortly for a conference on October 14.

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