The last of 15,000 organic egg producing hens have been removed from their new, high-tech chicken barn facility on Powell Mesa.
In a letter to the Delta County attorney's office on Monday, Karen Budd-Falen, the Hostetlers' Cheyenne, Wyo., attorney, said of the removal, "As such, the Hostetlers have fully complied with your order to cease and desist and there is no reason for any enforcement action or other substitute process."
The county issued a cease and desist order against Western Slope Layers in September at direction of the district court. A temporary stay of the cease and desist order had been in effect until last month.
Budd-Falen's letter to the county attorney states, "Since the appellate court lifted the last temporary stay on Nov. 7, Edwin and Eileen Hostetler have been diligently searching for multiple options to comply with your order to cease and desist. As discussed a number of times, finding a place for the birds at the flip of a switch is not a simple task. However, the Hostetlers did find places for some of the birds over the last few weeks and were finally able to find a place for the majority of the birds that were remaining in the chicken barn. The final remaining birds were trucked out of the chicken barn by 4 a.m. this (Monday) morning."
Edwin Hostetler told the DCI last weekend he had been able to place the birds in an Arkansas facility.
The district court ruling for removal of the hens is under appeal by the Hostelers and by the county.blog comments powered by Disqus