• Petitioning Derbyshire County Council (ES Planning Control)

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Derbyshire County Council (ES Planning Control)

Object to the Introduction of Huge Factory Farms into the UK

    1. Petition by

      The Pig Pledge

Foston Pig Factory, Derbyshire

UK Company, Midland Pig Producers (MPP) is applying (application CW9/0311/174) to build an indoor pig factory farm on a green field site near the village of Foston, Derbyshire. If the plans are approved it would be one of the largest factory farms in the UK, containing 2,500 mother pigs (sows) and around 25,000 pigs, with 1,000 going for slaughter each week.   

If you don’t want to see massive US-scale pig factories entering the UK, then please sign this petition and better yet, object directly by registering your opposition to the plans on the Derbyshire County Council website.

Two local MPs, Heather Wheeler & Chris Williamson, district councillor Julie Patten, South Derbyshire District Council, Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association have already objected alongside over 30,000 others.

Because the pigs are confined in crowded and stressful conditions, and the piglets weaned before their immune systems have properly developed, they need antibiotics to keep them alive. The widespread use of antibiotics on farm animals has helped increase the number of antibiotic resistant diseases that pass from pigs to humans.

Despite the plans for an anaerobic digester which would process the waste and collect methane, there could still be air and water pollution from the waste slurry. Locals will also suffer from an increase in lorries transporting a thousand pigs a week out of the site and delivering animal feed and fuel for the anaerobic digester.

Many small farmers will be unable to compete with pork from such mega farms, as is outlined in the Soil Association and WSPA report.

Support real farmers today by taking the Pig Pledge and join the world wide movement to boycott meat from animal factories! www.pigpledge.org


Recent signatures


    1. Pig Pledge campaign launch

      It’s time to change shopping habits and pledge to buy only high welfare pork from real farms, not animal factories - or go meat-free! If people only buy from local and ethical farmers, huge animal factories like this will not be built.

      Take your Pig Pledge today: www.pigpledge.org

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures
    3. Large-scale pig farm consultation begins

      Large-scale pig farm consultation begins - 5/17/2013 - Farmers Weekly

      Plans to build a large-scale pig unit in Derbyshire are to go under consultation after the proposals were tweaked to meet the concerns of local residents. Pig production company Midland Pig Producers (MPP) said it had slightly altered the layout of its proposed unit which will house a total of 25,000 pigs near Foston after listening to local residents' complaints about previous plans.

    4. Reached 25,000 signatures
    5. Party says huge pig farm could be threat to health

      It's all systems go in the campaign against mega farms!

    6. Blow for mega pig-farm as plans fail to gain council approval

      We hope that the county council will follow the district council's recommendation and refuse to open the floodgates to mega pig-farming in the UK

    7. Reached 10,000 signatures
    8. Animal rights campigners in pig plant protest

      Total number of objections Derbyshire County Council has received is now over 12,000.

    9. Reached 8,000 signatures
    10. "Not In My Banger" Campaign

      The Soil Association, one of the leading organizations opposed to the Foston pig farm, has their own campaign called the "Not in my Banger" campaign. Find out more about it here:

    11. Check Out "Pig Business"

      Want to learn more about the dangers of factory pig farming? Check out the documentary film, "Pig Business"


    Reasons for signing

      • about 6 hours ago

      This is a cruel, unnecessary form of farming which will promote suffering to animals and put respected, small, humane farming out of business.

      • about 9 hours ago

      animals have rights too, and being cooped up in a factory is not one of them

      • about 19 hours ago

      This is obejctionable and unethical on every level. We need to reveiew animal production and insist on maximum welfare standards. Meat is a priviledge not a right.

    • Elizabeth Scott-Moncrieff OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 21 hours ago

      This is unacceptable on the following grounds:

      1 Environmental impact, both global and local.

      2 Human health, including antibiotic resistance.

      3 Social impact, including loss of local jobs both U.K. and in export prospective countries.

      4 Animal welfare considerations.

    • Lesley Clayton BEDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      On all levels ..animal husbandry, animal welfare and well being,local environment and human health this is wrong.


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