A group of animal rights activists have forced entry into a chicken farm in Moira, County Armagh, amid an animal welfare dispute.

The group known as “Meat the Victims” entered the premises early this morning (July 2) and said their wish was to “take sick animals to their own vets and then they will leave peacefully”.

About 10 to 15 militants are present in the hangar.

The farm in question, according to activists, supplies chickens to Moy Park and is a farm affiliated with Red Tractor.

An activist had to receive medical treatment because of the heat inside the henhouse.

Activists posted live video overnight to social media and the video purports to show “long dead” chickens still lying on the henhouse floor.

Activists claimed there were “30 sick birds” in the shed and they wanted to take them for further treatment.

The main wish of the activists is to take the birds they deem “sick” for further treatment, and then to offer them a “happy home”.

The group is campaigning for better welfare standards on farms in Northern Ireland and held protests ahead of this in Ballymena in January 2020.

Animal rights activists said their goal was “to expose the cruelty inherent in the animal agriculture industry and to show that the alleged high-quality red tractor seal of approval is legalized torture.”