animal welfare

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Update posted 7 hours ago



Cornwall had its first planning application for an industrial mega farm, fondly called by the applicants a “Centre of Excellence”. The reality being far removed from the cultivated description is a proposal for 4 multi-tier units with a  grand total of 112,000 laying hens. The application is designed to give a picture of healthy hens basking in the mild Cornish climate whilst trotting off to pop an egg and resume their ranging whilst enjoying the unpolluted Cornish environment. Nobody can give a figure about how many hens will range, sometimes its none, sometimes it could be 10/20%. The proposed site is at Nancegollan, in an area of open countryside with no existing farm buildings or infrastructure, the units will sit on the brow of a small hill with residential properties surrounding the 160 acre boundary and a mere 500 or so metres from the village. The cost of production and the greed of profit has made this multi-tier unit very popular amongst the egg farmers, its high rise living for the free range hen. Planning constraints have been overcome by means of going up instead of out, less floor space. The reduced labour requirements along with the net gain in profit will see an increase in  the amount of planning applications for these types of unit. Before we know what’s happened, our countryside will be peppered with large industrial manure factories polluting the environment and ruining the lives of many who have chosen to work, set up a family home and contribute to a decent country life. The planning application (PA17/04129) was validated on the 12th may 2017 since this date the residents have employed the services of a planning consultant and a Landscape impact specialist, they have highlighted many faults with this application and given their advice to the Council to ensure a fare due process, this has fallen on deaf ears. The issues raised are many 1, the red line development boundary does not include the hen ranging areas, considering the environmental impacts, dust, manure, flooding, noise and the engineering works required on the ranging area’s this is fundamentally a development zone and should be within the red line development. The other issue is the lack of neighbour consultation, we were not informed about this application, and the properties that bound this site are between 1 metre and 87 metres from the hen ranging areas. 2, the landscape visual assessment was supposed to incorporate a 5 km zone; the applicants did this at 3km. 3, the transport statement is lacking in the amount of vehicle movements and contradicts itself 4, the manure disposal plan will not work as one site can only legally take 345 tons per year, the proposed site will produce 90 ton per week. The other site is a green waste company near Hayle where the residents are suffering the smell from the St Erth sewage treatment plant; this additional smell will only increase their misery. 5, the site is situated at the start of the river Hayle, it suffers from severe run-off, pollution will enter this river system and cause a potential disaster. 6, the site will generate heavy traffic, the proposal is endorsed by highways for the articulated lorries to enter the B3302 via the blind white Horse cross roads, this is a dangerous access point and does not have the width to take such large vehicles. 7, there are 5 dwellings at the base of this site, all of which suffer from this site’s run-off, all have a private drinking water supply that will suffer contamination. There many issues about this proposal, due to the inaccurate submission and the amount of alterations to the application, the council should insist on a new application and one that gives a true and honest idea of what the applicants are trying to achieve. The strategic planning committee refused this application and we are now fighting the applicants appeal, inquiry set for 16th/17th/18th April at Nancegollan Village Hall.  

Nancegollan Action Group
22,761 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Responsible department: Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs


C.A.G.E.D North West 'Ban the Bolt' Campaign   [Petition Supported by Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon] Each year an estimated 10,000 ex-racing greyhounds are 'unaccounted' for -- puppies that don’t make the grade, dogs that sustain injuries, are pregnant or unable to find homes, most are less than five years old.Many of these dogs are disposed of in the most 'economical' way - by bolt gun. Under existing UK legislation, any person can use a bolt gun to destroy a greyhound, if they are the legal owner. Attempted destruction of greyhounds by bolt has resulted in innocent dogs being left to suffer in agony for hours, before being found and taken to a veterinary surgery to be finally put to sleep by lethal injection.These dogs should at the very least be entitled to a humane death. Destruction of greyhounds should only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons. Following the controversial use of bolt guns by RSPCA inspectors a few years ago, the RSPCA requested the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) comment on their review of its 2004 euthanasia rules and guidelines. In April 2010 the RCVS announced that use of the captive bolt guns on dogs was inappropriate.Defra have the power to end this cruel practice so we are calling on them to immediately abolish the use of captive bolt guns to destroy greyhounds in the UK.For more information please click on the links below to read about Milton the greyhound and use of bolt gun in destruction.      

CAGED Nationwide
220,983 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Sean Clarke, David Potts

End the sale of eggs from caged hens in Morrison's and Asda

Two out of the four major British supermarkets, Morrisons and Asda, still intend to sell eggs from caged hens without any obvious intent to change. The fact that Tesco, the biggest supermarket in Britain, have decided to stop selling caged hens’ eggs is proof that no matter how big the company, or how demanding the supply chain, the prospect of a free-range future is not impossible. Customer choice isn't only about what people want to see sold in supermarkets, it is equally about what customers do not want to see available. I know people worry about cost but the supermarkets can & must provide for people and families who require lower cost options by reaching a compromise that means products are affordable as well as sourced from a free range environment. Caged hens spend 72 weeks cramped in restrictive cages, unable to spread their wings or experience the outside world. After this time, many of the hens are barely feathered and in poor condition. The space available per hen is marginally larger than an A4 sheet of paper. Hens require more than the bare minimum commercial cages provide. They need space to roam, experience the outside world and show natural behaviour in a natural environment. The fact that hens can lay eggs which provide significant income for supermarkets, doesn’t justify forcing them into a life restricted to a cage. No animal deserves to live like this. The Tesco petition, proved that power is in the hands of us, the consumers and the customers of these stores. I believe that if enough people support this campaign, it is Asda and Morrisons responsibility to respond and reassess the eggs they sell. Please sign this petition and join a movement towards freedom for hens. Thank you, Lucy

Lucy Gavaghan
184,960 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis

End the sales of eggs from caged hens in Tesco

I have been campaigning to end caged hen farming through letter writing for several years now. I have five hens myself, two of them are ex- commercial barn hens and one of them once lived in commercial colony cages. They are amazing animals to be around. Keeping my own hens and knowing their past has made me determined to improve the way hens are kept commercially. I found out that Tesco is one of the few supermarkets that still sell eggs from caged hens. After trying to end this through my own letter writing I have come to find that the written opinions of one person creates little impact on a company like Tesco. However I believe that with the help of like-minded people on social media, we can make Tesco listen and create an impact. 
Food production affects everyone. Very few of us, however, know the truth behind the processes that leads to the food sold in our stores. A prime example of this is the egg productions industry. Lots of eggs sold to us in stores come from hens kept in "enriched cages". The conditions in these "enriched cages" are cramped and very restrictive. The hens never see the light of day or get to experience a natural lifestyle. In addition, the hens never get to experience the real outside world. Which I believe is an essential element for a hen to live a happy and healthy life. This methods of egg farming are cruel, unnatural and inhumane. Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. If it stopped selling cage eggs it would drastically reduce the number of hens who spend their lives in cages. It would also send a message to other supermarkets that this is an option that is realistic and achievable. Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencers and Waitrose stopped selling eggs from caged hens years ago and new companies are listening to the public and realising that something has to change -- recently Mcdonald’s UK responded to a petition and agreed to stop using eggs from cage kept hens. Please sign this petition and take the first steps towards freedom for hens.

Lucy Gavaghan
279,133 supporters