Object to the Introduction of Huge Factory Farms into the UK - Newtownabbey, N.Ireland
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Hall’s Pig Farms have submitted a planning application for a 15,000-pig animal factory in Northern Ireland. If approved, it will be one of the largest animal factories in the UK, holding over 15,000 pigs. This will set a dangerous precedent for the increased intensification of pig farming in the UK.
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The plans include 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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