Take Action against cruel Turkey Farm plans for Staffordshire!
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Objections to Planning Application 17/00959-FUL South Staffordshire Council
TAKE ACTION TO SAVE TURKEYS FROM HORRIFIC CRUELTY AND SUFFERING THIS CHRISTMAS!
We ask South Staffordshire Council to reject plans for 4 agricultural buildings for turkey rearing and associated infrastructure proposed for Levedale rd, Stafford, South Staffordshire.
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY OBJECTIONS
-Routine use of antibiotics to combat the filthy and unhygienic conditions on factory farms is leading to the immunity of bacteria against antibiotics, which is a cause of the creation of Superbugs. Farms such as this should not be given the go-ahead anywhere.
- The Applicants’ own traffic assessment says that the turkey unit will require 576 traffic movements a year of which 378 will be by articulated HGVs. This is a 44% increase in traffic movements, but the worst is that most of these will be by massive vehicles over what are mostly single track lanes. On this ground alone the projects is impractical.
- There's a horse riding school and stables that regularly use Levedale road. Many people travel to this area as it is a dog walking hotspot as well as elderly residents and children who walk through the lanes.
- Hares, Badgers, Foxes, Newts and many other species of animal are all found around Levedale road. Many animals are killed by vehicles and the added 40% increase of traffic will cause wildlife to be killed. Antibiotics could leak and this will have an unknown affect on wildlife.
-The size of the proposed turkey farm units are out of scale and proportion for the area. The extent of the groundworks and associated infrastructure will lead to the formation of an unnatural landscape. The view and the landscape will be permanently affected.
- 20,000 birds in sheds will create extreme hygiene issues. Evidence from existing farms state complaints on issues such as extreme smell even with top of the range farm technology, outbreaks of sewage pollution, noise and inconvenience of having industrial installations in a rural area.
"The dust such operations raises is of serialised, faeces, chicken dander (dead skin), mites, bacteria, fungal spores, mycotoxins, endotoxins, veterinary medicines, pesticides, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide." The Guardian
"Recent research into the incidence of ill health in agriculture in Great Britain reported a high prevalence of respiratory symptoms in poultry farm workers, who can be exposed to significant amounts of airborne dust generated during poultry work activities."
- There are care homes nearby.
Wild turkeys are large birds native to North America. They live in a variety of habitats, mostly forests, and spend much of their time foraging for food. Turkeys are omnivores and will eat various seeds, plants, insects and worms. They investigate their surroundings by pecking and scratching, and keep their feathers clean by preening and dust-bathing regularly. At night, they fly up to rest in trees for safety from predators.
Domesticated turkeys are believed to descend from the South Mexican turkey, and were brought to Europe by the Spanish who had discovered them as a favourite domesticated animal of the Aztecs.
Modern commercial turkeys have been selectively bred for fast growth and disproportionately large breast muscles.
They are slaughtered when they are between 9 and 24 weeks of age if they survive that long without dying of dehydration laying in their own excrement in suffering.
CRUELTY AND SUFFERING
Mutilation, abuse and suffering of Turkeys (click link below)
Essex turkey farm cruelty (click link below)
Cruelty exposed by Animal Aid on a Norfolk Turkey rearing farm (click link below)
Compassion in world farming: https://www.ciwf.org.uk/farm-animals/turkeys/
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