animal welfare

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Petition to Dawn de Vries

We urge Sedgemoor District Council to close down a controversial industrial chicken farm

Sedgemoor District Council has the opportunity and the authority to declare the site of a controversial industrial chicken farm in East Huntspill as unauthorised and order it to close down and be demolished (please note that it's unlikely there would be job losses – all the work is contracted out). Please help us persuade the Council to do the right thing by signing our petition. So why is the chicken farm controversial? Why should it be shut down? It is a planning, pollution control and animal welfare disaster that is making our lives a misery and has blighted our part of the lovely Somerset countryside – and no one affected by it had any say in the matter! The livelihoods of people nearby and the welfare of farm animals are being completely disregarded by an insensitive, profit-hungry conglomerate that thinks it can flout the rules and get away with it. This is an example of the worst side of capitalism defeating democracy and breaking the law. Up until now, the two authorities involved – the Council and the Environment Agency – have done nothing to relieve our suffering but there is now a chance for the Council to rectify the situation. The arrogance of the site’s owner, Amber Real Estate Investments, and the operator Hook 2 Sisters (both part of the scandal-ridden Boparan Holdings), could turn out to be their undoing; an expert planning consultant has declared that their contraventions of the planning permission are so significant as to render the permission invalid and that their application to resolve the ‘errors’ and effectively wipe the slate clean, is unlawful. We just need Sedgemoor District Council to agree and make a decision that supports the people it is meant work for, and not favour a multi-million-pound business that brings no economic or social benefit to this area – just the complete opposite. What are the impacts on our lives? The unfiltered odour from the ammonia and faeces of over 300,000 factory reared chickens that builds up over every eight-week ‘crop cycle’ is causing significantly harmful impacts on the residents and tourist-dependent businesses in the surrounding area. For three weeks of each cycle, locals dread going outside in their own gardens or opening their windows for fear of becoming nauseous; and tourist-related businesses are losing bookings because of the overpowering smell. One of the local schools kept the children inside on one occasion because the smell was so bad. According to Public Health England, the health of people living within a few hundred metres of the site risks being affected by bio-aerosols such as E-coli, salmonella and campylobacter. One nearby resident’s COPD has worsened, and they now require double their medication. Despite the Environment Agency having substantiated the complaints made about the odour since January 2017 as a high-level Category 2 breach of the environmental permit conditions, it has failed to take any enforcement action. The odour nuisance is also a breach of the planning permission which was approved on the basis it “…will not cause unacceptable levels of noise or odour…” Both the odour issue and the highly visual impact of five large industrial buildings in the middle of the countryside, each containing about 60,000 chickens living their short lives in their own faeces, are having a detrimental effect on the value and saleability of our properties and the income of local businesses. There is much more to this complex issue than can be covered here so for further details and background information, check out our Facebook page ‘Fowl Play in East Huntspill’. Thank you for your support.

Ian Stanbury
1,759 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Enniscrone Events Committee

Cancel Enniscrone Pig Race at the Black Pig Festival

On Friday the 27 of July, as entertainment part of the Black Pig Festival, the town of Enniscrone/ Inishcrone/ Inniscrone will play host to a pig race. With the current weather and travelling all the way from Belfast, this is only one of the concerns for this event. The Ballina Salmon Festival organisers have cancelled this very same event. There is no need to put these animals into a situation that causes them stress and injury purely for our own "entertainment". We're hoping that with the outrage from the public and statement of the NSPCA, this will be an added incentive for them to make the decision to cancel for the sake of the poor animals. Please CALL 087 2241881 to contact the Enniscrone Event Committee and express your concern.  You can contact them anonymously, you DO NOT have to provide your name! EVERY phone call helps and hopefully they will realise that animals for entertainment is an abusive business and should not be supported!  Animals used in travelling shows and menageries are often subjected to severe abuse in order to force them to provide “entertainment” at shows. These highly intelligent, sensitive animals are also stressed by the constant travel and the large, boisterous crowds. Animals used in travelling acts are almost constantly confined to tiny transport cages or trailers. They suffer from extreme temperatures and are not provided with adequate food and water. The North West SPCA Ballina has posted a statement on their Facebook Page in regards to Pig Races with the following information:…these are the Internationally agreed Five Freedoms for animal welfare and the basis for a humane attitude and respect towards defenceless animals.According to this concept, an animal’s primary welfare needs can be met by providing:• FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST• FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT• FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE. ...• FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR. ...• FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS We hope that in the future the exploitation of defenceless animals for 'a bit of fun' will be a NON EVENT! Thank you to those who care, your voice does count!

Di Hughes
666 supporters