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Piggeries across Australia: A snapshot of the industry

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Wonga Piggery

Wonga Piggery

Location: Moppity Road, Young NSW
Owned by: Walker & Rowntree Family (Windridge Farms)
Status: Open and operating
Phone: (02) 6382 1311

Owned by the family of Edwina Beveridge, Windridge Farms' Wonga Piggery is one of the industry's most highly regarded in terms of animal welfare, yet footage and photographs taken covertly by activists and provided to Animal Liberation ACT tell a different story:

  • Dead and dying piglets left out in the open
  • Piglets whose legs have become trapped in the cage floors
  • Sows confined to tiny cages within farrowing crates and sow stalls or packed into "group housing", many with large open injuries, others with smaller wounds indicative of fighting caused by overcrowding and a lack of stimulation
  • Pigs living in their own faeces
  • Round-the-clock artificial lighting
  • Infestations of flies and rats with rat droppings littered throughout piglet feed

This is yet more evidence of systemic cruelty in our country's pig farms; the twelfth exposed by Animal Liberation, the fifth in the Young NSW region. Having removed a large number of their sow stalls in favour of the new standard of "group housing", we can see that this apparently great welfare advancement is nothing more than larger cages, where pigs still have very little room to move and are now vulnerable to fighting brought on by frustration and boredom.

The bright white sterility of some of the farrowing rooms are a perfect example of how mechanised and factory-like modern animal "farming" has become, with sentient animals treated as nothing more than units of production. Despite their best efforts, the industry has once again proven that there is no ethical way to raise and kill pigs for human consumption.

Windridge Farms previously took Animal Liberation NSW to court to prevent footage from Wonga Piggery being released, unsuccessfully arguing that they should have copyright over any material filmed illegally on their property.

Business Details

  • Windridge Farms Pty Ltd
  • A.C.N: 127 963 008
  • A.B.N: 55127963008
  • Phone: (02) 6382 1311
  • Registered in: New South Wales
  • Registration Date: 22/1/1996
  • Organisation is currently registered, limited by shares and a proprietary company
  • Principal Place of Business: 'Wonga Piggery', Moppity Road, Young NSW 2594

Directors:

  • Andrew Rowntree
    • Born in Sydney NSW, 22/08/1966
    • Appointed 11/10/2007
  • Andree Rowntree
    • Born in Young NSW, 10/08/1973
    • Appointed 11/10/2007

Secretary

  • Andree Rowntree
    • Born in Young NSW, 10/08/1973
    • Appointed 30/05/2012

Previous Directors:

  • Sally Alexandra Walker
    • Born in Young NSW, 01/09/1971
    • Appointed 11/10/2007
  • Jonathon Thomas Duff
    • Born in Inverell NSW, 04/06/1970
    • Appointed 11/10/2007
  • David John Graham
    • Born in Cootamundra NSW, 09/03/1956
    • Appointed 09/06/2010

Share Structure

  • Number of shares: 2
  • Shareholders:
    • St Malo (Young) Pty Ltd
    • Cornucopia (Young) Pty Ltd

  • Windridge Farms (Holdings) Pty Ltd
  • A.C.N: 072 542 566
  • A.B.N: 89072542566
  • Phone: (02) 6382 1311
  • Registered in: New South Wales
  • Registration Date: 22/1/1996
  • Organisation is currently registered, limited by shares and a proprietary company
  • Place of Business: 'Wonga Piggery', Moppity Road, Young NSW 2594

Directors:

  • Jean Judith Walker
    • Born in Forbes NSW, 04/10/1945
  • Arthur Dugald Walker
    • Born in Sydney NSW, 19/02/1944

Secretaries

  • Jean Judith Walker
    • Born in Forbes NSW, 04/10/1945
  • Arthur Dugald Walker
    • Born in Sydney NSW, 19/02/1944

Share Structure

  • Number of shares: 2
  • Shareholders:
    • Cynray Pty Ltd
      'Wonga', Moppity Road, Young NSW 2594
    • Larkray Pty Ltd
      'Wonga', Moppity Road, Young NSW 2594
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