Don't forget, the Look North TV hencam spot can be viewed here too!
This article appears on Page 13 of today's T&A (click for bigger)
I would also like to answer Mr Grosvenor's comment in the T&A re: "My criticism was that it does not cost 50p to feed a hen for a day - even feeding grapes won't cost that" - actually there were SEVERAL issues you raised (which I answered in my original email) - you conveniently ignore the ones you cannot defend and cling to the cost of food issue. It's true that hens don't cost much to keep on a day to day basis (in fact it's chicken-feed!), but people know that - they are donating to provide treats and whatever else the hens might need. Do you really consider the public so stupid as to blindly donate to a website willy nilly? Credit them with some intelligence please!
It might be the Yorkshireman in me but I will be damned if I will sit here whilst your website prints completely unjust and potentially libellious drivel regarding what I spend on my hens to give them the best possible care - when you yourselves represent battery and cage hen farmers. My hens are NOT a means of income - they are much loved pets.
The T&A were lucky even getting a response from you, you've conveniently refused to answer mine or anyone elses emails on the subject.
The Telegraph & Argus (Bradford and it's surrounding areas most widely read newspaper) rang me the other day asking if they could do a follow up piece on hencam. They were the first newspaper to feature hencam and started the whole ball rolling, so how could I refuse? They were very interested in SEPRA's hatchet-job on my site - hopefully the article will show the SEPRA people that they cannot make unfounded allegations against an individual or website and then refuse to answer or apologise for their completely incorrect assumptions.
I sent Dennis Surgenor - the "journalist" who wrote the article on hencam a quick courtesy email to let him know what his good work had achieved thus far:
Date: 21-Mar-2006 22:35
Subject: FAO: Dennis Surgenor
I am not sure if you have received my original email and as you are
the "journalist" who I believe wrote the drivel regarding my site I
thought you should have a chance to see the facts behind hencam and
also the negative publicity you have single-handedly created for
The Telegraph & Argus - which is Bradford's (and it's surrounding
areas') most widely read newspaper - is covering the story regarding
your hatchet-job on my site and hopefully this will spark a second
wave of media interest - it was the T&A which first covered hencam and
from there it snowballed.
I honestly cannot understand why an individual or organisation such as
yourself/SEPRA would go out of it's way to try and destroy something
that was started with the sole purpose of lightening people's days and
bringing a bit of fun back to the Internet.
Hopefully the bad publicity you are now receiving will make you think
twice and enourage you to research your facts more fully in future.