Aussie Laid Eggs Gallery of Shame Latest news at Nov 18
Associated producer wholesaler East Coast Eggs Kendon's latest address
Michael Grant Kendon, Susan
animal welfare issues is not the usual subject of a Wikifrauds
exposure, but when it concerns the activities of a know fraudster, we
get right into it. Michael Grant Kendon is one of those deserving of our attention. (Check here for further details)
Kendon is running one of the filthiest egg farms in the country, with
hens being kept in attrocious conditions in over-crowded chicken
trailers, and eggs picked out of these caged-hens faecal droppings,
where they may lay for several days, and which are sold to the public
as free range eggs, produced under the most wonderful conditions
imaginable. Check Kendons website.
Egg buyers should be aware that the glowing descriptions on Kendon's
website are just plain "bullshit" to be frank. So how does this concern
a website dedicated to exposing fraud? Simple really, with
approximately 1200 hens laying about six eggs per week, that's close to
say 31,000 dozen eggs per year. And at just an average price of $5 per
dozen, thats over $156,000 in gross sales per year - all based on lies.
That's misrepresentation to
the public at large who buy these eggs based on Kendon's claims of
being the hen's best friend and the wonderful level of care he treats
Furthermore, eggs taken from the piles of chicken dung where some hens
are forced to lay, are unfit for human consumption and there's a high
risk of those eggs carrying diseases such as
Kendon is currently embroiled in a dispute concerning his alleged
illegal occupancy of the land upon which his hens are kept. The matter
has been before the Department of Fair Trading tribunal in Port
Macquarie who upheld a finding that his tenure on the land did not
exist. It is understood Kendon is to appeal this finding. There's a lot
more to this other aspect of this conman's behaviour, and we will
publish more in coming days, including photos we now publish below of the
utterly offensive and cruel conditions under which his hens are "jailed".
Here's what an inspection of the site has revealed:
Here's what other matters our investigations have revealed:
- The hens appear to have not been moved for months and are nearly
all in over-crowded individual pens within the "hen caravans", or
living on faecal encrusted mounds. (Kendon claims they are moved weekly - this is plainly not so.)
- A majority of the birds appear to be suffering, with blood-stained diahorrea, often associated with Coccidiosis.
- A trench has been dug (without permision from the land owner)
into which dead birds and rotten eggs have been thrown. They are not
buried, and the trench is merely covered by corrugated iron.
"hen caravans" cannot house all 1200 chooks, and many are left out
overnight , often in heavy rain, and those that do survive these
conditions are taken in large numbers by foxes.
- Many of the laid eggs are
dropped into the faecal mess on the ground – these are sold to unsuspecting
buyers who think they are buying a clean, fresh product.
- There is a shed with trays of eggs to be sold, that rats sit on and break
open the shells and eat the contents. When the shed door was opened, dozens of rats scattered everywhere.
- The smell from these poorly managed chooks is atrocious – you can smell it 500 metres away.
The Kendon family and their friends Stuart Howe and Stuart Keir
- Michael Kendon has no rights whatsoever to be on this property.
- Michael Kendon's mother, Susan Kendon, is the person who held a residential tenancy
on the property, but fell into arrears with rent and the owners sought
and won an order for her to vacate the premises, which she and Kendon
have refused to comply with.
- Susan Kendon is the owner of East Coast Eggs Pty Ltd, 336 Rosewood Rd, Rosewood 2446.
- Public court documents disclose that East Coast Eggs were sued
for non-payment of debts to a feed supplier in Wauchope. The plaintiff
won a judgement and an order from the Small Claims Division of the
Local Court, Port Macquarie, for the debt to be paid. (Case number 2013/118223). East Coast Eggs (Susan Kendon) have so far not complied with the court's orders.
- The Kendons are operating the farms at Dungog and Wauchope without DA approvals in place.
- Susan Kendon and Michael Kendon have also "taken over" another property under the guise of a residential lease, in Dundog.
Same problems, same issues, same everthing as is happening in Wauchope.
And they lied their way into the lease by claiming to be the owners of
the Wauchope property.
- Above - Susan Kendon, described by one 'victim' as the "leader of
the gang of crooks" selling so-called free range eggs at a Lions Club
Charity market at The Entrance, on the NSW Central Coast in October
2013. Knowing the background, we wouldn't eat these eggs if they were free.
- Kendon and a Stuart Howe of Kootingal, Tamworth, and their company DCL Developments, recently
lost a battle in the NSW Supreme Court and were ordered to pay their
debts to an agricultural supply company also based in Queensland.
- Howe and Kendon have left a trail of debts in Tamworth. Victims
include two electricians, a plumber, a transport company and others. We
have the detais but it is our policy not to disclose these without
permission of the victims themselves.
are not to be trusted an inch. We are continually getting more
information about these people blatantly abusing credit allowed and
creating bogus legal disputes to avoid paying their debts. One example
is that instead of paying transport invoices for shipments of eggs,
Howe made ficticious allegations that his eggs were broken in transport
and he would not therefore pay the bill. This company also transported
eggs for other suppliers and never had such a complaint prior to
Howe's. This pattern of behavour is manifest in all the commercial
dealings of this crew. Refuse to pay and let the supplier sue, at what
can be prohibitive costs to the supplier.
Nov 18, 2013: Kendons evicted from Port Macquarie home.
have been evicted from 57 Obriens Rd Port Macquarie, and the property
is now subject to mortgagee sale. It is understood from reliable
sources that Kendon stayed on in this home for some three months after the council had cut off his water
! The property is an absolute mess inside and out. See below:
We also now understand that he has moved to
and is renting 22 Weeroona Place Kew NSW. We wish his new landlord good
luck. This place, like all the others he has had, will soon be trashed.
Kendon has moved his chickens from the farm at Wauchope but left the
shed locked, with the owner unable to access his own property.
IGA Supermarkets support Kendon:
Meanwhile, Wikifrauds contacted the Hastings Co-operative Limited CEO,
Mr Allan Gordon, on September 18 to advise him that the three IGA
supermarkets owned by Hastings Co-operative Limited were retailing eggs
from Kendon's production facility at Wauchope, and seeking their
cooperation in taking Kendon's eggs off the shelves. Mr Gordon promised
to investigate. Ultimately he advised us on October 14, nearly a month
later, that. "I have not been able to find any
documentary evidence to support that, either the product does not meet the
current requirements of the NSW Food Authority or the RSPCA. If you have any
documentary evidence from any statutory authority that would support your
allegations could you please forward it to me as soon as possible so that I can
take this into consideration in any further deliberations."
In other words, they will continue to sell Kendon's eggs until such
time as written proof of non-compliance to standards is provided. This
is despite us sending Mr Gordon the full file on Kendon, including the
photos. Mr Gordon was invited by the owner of the property where these
photos were taken to come and inspect conditions himself. Wikifrauds
also issued the same invitation on behalf of the owner. Mr Gordon did not take the time to do so
and remains ignorant of the conditions these hens are kept in or just
as importantly, the conditions or age of the eggs his supermarkets
continue to sell. In reality, a 'Pontious Pilot' attitude that on our
opinion would not pass the Aussie pub test.
Readers can decide for themselves whether or not to exercise their
buying power and shop at the local Woolies or Coles supermarkets.
Gallery of Shame.
These photos speak for themselves. The free
range Kendon claims is a small area covered in chicken shit and with
not a blade of grass to be seen. Quite the opposite of his website
green pastures and all the claims he makes. The first picture is a
screen shot of the website. The rest below are the real pictures
depicting the conditions these poor creatures are made to suffer.
Kendon (right) and his "muscle", Stewart Keir
The real pictures
Free range ? Walking in faeces nearly a foot thick. Note dead hen at rear.
Thirsty chickens with almost no water
Dead chickens left laying around before bagging. This dead hen appeared to heve died days earlier, and no sign of Kendon.
Bags of dead chickens just left out in the open.
The death pit.
A trench covered by a long sheet of corrugated iron . . . . . .
underneath, rotting eggs and bags of dead chickens
More of the trench of death.
. . . a pool of egg remnants. The stench is unbearable.
Hungry hens. These chickens rushed towards our photographer, clearly expecting to be fed. Rubbish behind the chicken trailer, including more dead hens.
of Kendon's eggs are notified that if they wish to maintain their
reputations, they will cease selling his eggs now!
Any retailer continuing to sell Aussie Laid or East Coast eggs will be named on this site.
Watch this space - and please don't buy eggs from this ratbag.