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  • Petitioning Derbyshire County Council

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Derbyshire County Council

Object to the Introduction of Huge Factory Farms into the UK

    1. Petition by

      Pig Business

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.

You can find out more about the overuse of antibiotics in intensive factory farming and the potential threats to our health by watching our short 19min film 'The Dark Side of Factory Farming'.

Website: www.pigbusiness.co.uk

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. 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.

    3. Reached 25,000 signatures
    4. Controversy continues over 'mega' pig farm at Foston

    5. Town kicks up a stink over 'Titan' pig farm

    6. Mega pig-farm could breach human rights, council warned

    7. Protest continues against Foston’s pig farm proposals

    8. Sophie's seven hours in cage for pig-farm protest

    9. Party says huge pig farm could be threat to health

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

    10. Government Health Agency Agrees Mega-Farms Are A Health Risk

    11. 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

    12. Reached 10,000 signatures
    13. Animal rights campigners in pig plant protest

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

    14. Campaigners march against Foston pig-unit plan

    15. Top lawyer and soapstars join campaign against Foston pig farm

    16. Reached 8,000 signatures
    17. "Not In My Banger" Campaign

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition organiser

      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:

    18. Protesters' delight as objections to plans for giant pig farm hit 11,000

    19. Check Out "Pig Business"

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition organiser

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

    20. "Pig Business" Campaign Featured in "Farmers Guardian"

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition organiser

      The publication "Farmers Guardian" recently wrote a story about Pig Business's campaign on Change.org. Check out the story, "Campaigners Step Up Fight Against Proposed Pig Farm," here:

    21. Celeb Dominic West Hates Factory Farms

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition organiser

      "Pig Business" has an unlikely supporter in its campaign--Dominic West, star of the hit HBO show, "The Wire." West is trying to keep factory farms out of the UK.

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