Urgent action needed against plans for UK’s biggest animal factory

A pig factory is set to be built Northern Ireland with over 30,000 pigs.

If given the go ahead, this pig factory will set a dangerous precedent for the increased intensification of pig farming in the UK. Help the local people stop Newtownabbey pig factory by objecting now.

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Hall’s Pig Farms have submitted a planning application for a 30,000-pig animal factory.

The plans include a ‘weaner house’ for 11,760 newly-weaned young piglets, and three ‘fattener houses’, each holding 6,160 pigs. Also on site would be an anaerobic digester for treating slurry and a lagoon for holding processed waste. Hall’s currently supplies Sainsbury’s and is part of its Pork Development Group.

Local residents are concerned about the impacts of the proposed development on human health and the environment.

Campaign spokesperson Norman Kerr says: “We are seriously concerned about the impact the proposed farm will have on the area. That many pigs will need a lot of feeding and produce a lot of waste, not to mention all the other risks associated with mass production farming. There’s also the very real risk of waste leaking into local waterways and polluting the environment, and the extra traffic this farm will bring to a quiet, rural area. The size and scale of this proposal is way beyond farming!”

Concerns about environmental issues with the proposed pig factory are not unfounded. In June 2012, Derek Hall of Hall’s Pig Farms (the site developer) was fined £500 at Belfast Magistrates Court “for making a polluting discharge to a waterway and…for contravention of a Pollution Prevention and Control permit condition”.

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More information: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=62434df9a66146b4fb4f8b14e&id=69c39b08db&e=326a0ba657

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