Petition to Wendy Tuckerman
Keep Blantyre Farms' cruel, intensive pig farming out of Harden
www.StopBlantyre.com Edwina and Michael Beveridge (Blantyre Farms) currently own and operate Golden Grove Piggery and Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery in Young NSW, where an estimated 25,000 pigs, including 2,200 sows, are kept in cruel intensive confinement. Edwina's extended family, the Walker & Rowntree families (Windridge Farms), own other large intensive factory farm piggeries in the region including Wonga Piggery and Templemore Piggery. Wonga piggery (Young NSW) was the site of a large fire in June 2015 which resulted in the horrific death of approximately 2,500 pigs trapped in sheds and unable to escape. On 18 December 2015, public notice confirmed that a Development Application (DA) had been lodged with Harden NSW council by Blantyre Farms. This DA is for a proposed large scale intensive factory farm (Piggery) situated on Eulie Road in Harden. The proposed multi-million dollar piggery includes 22,000 pigs - breeding and growing, two sites, approx 1 km apart, and 21 sheds incorporating a methane digestive system. This DA, if approved (post construction), involves 850-900 pigs being transported weekly (250 pigs per semi trailer), from Harden NSW to the Diamond Valley Pork slaughterhouse in Laverton, Melbourne, where they will be lowered into a carbon dioxide gas chamber. Inside this chamber they will face excruciating pain as the gas suffocates them and turns to carbonic acid in their eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, until they lose consciousness (view footage). Footage obtained from inside Golden Grove and DHG Piggeries in 2013 (see above) clearly demonstrates the cruelty and mistreatment considered standard practice by Blantyre: In the farrowing crates at Golden Grove, sows showed signs of distress, exhibiting stereotypies (abnormal repetitive behaviours) such as bar biting, rubbing repetitively on bars and protruding edges, prolonged pressing and pushing, head bowing, weaving, stepping back and forward and 'sham' chewing. Many have great difficulty standing up or lying down due to weakness, the tiny size of their cages, and the slippery metal floor. Some pigs had less than two inches of space in front or behind them, and all were unable to take more than one or two steps forwards or backwards, and were unable to turn around. They are kept here for upwards of six weeks at a time, as is the industry standard. A large number of dead and dying piglets were found at Golden Grove each night activists visited. Many of these were simply left in the aisles, often in full view of their mothers who could see through the bars beneath their feeding trough. A number of piglets were killed or severely injured by "overlay", where the sows lie on top of their piglets, crushing them. The industry claims farrowing crates prevent overlay. Yet the footage from Blantyre Farms completely undermines such a claim. The footage shows that where sows have difficulty standing or lying and cannot move away from their young, and where piglets have little room of their own, overlay is inevitable. Workers cut off the tails and teeth of piglets, and cut sections out of their ears, all without pain relief. Tails are discarded in the aisles and sometimes even end up in the food trolley. Tail cutting is performed by the majority of piggeries in Australia as an attempt to prevent cannibalism (tail biting) once the pigs are moved into overcrowded "grower" sheds which completely lack stimulation. Despite the tail cutting, Blantyre's grower facility, Dead Horse Gully (DHG), has a severe cannibalism problem. When moving piglets between farrowing crates ("fostering") or taking them from their mothers to be moved across the road to DHG Piggery, workers pick them up by one leg and throw them into trolleys, the piglets often landing head-first or crashing into others already in the trolley. Once impregnated, sows are moved into the large group housing shed, which features row upon row of open-backed sow stalls, where the sows can move out into a small corridor between the stalls, but must return to the stalls for food and water or to avoid being attacked by other sows, as is common due to the overcrowded, unstimulating conditions. The air in this shed is filthy, and for the sixteen weeks of their pregnancy the sows remain trapped here without sunlight, on concrete floor where they must live amongst each others' urine and faeces (in natural conditions, pigs will urinate and defecate far away from where they sleep and eat). Upon finding hidden cameras in the farrowing shed, Edwina Beveridge set a trap for activists; upon their return, eight men were sent out to "hunt" them in a pursuit that lasted over 4 hours. The activists' car had been destroyed, with one window smashed in, all tyres deflated with the valves cut off, and extensive damage to the engine. Personal belongings inside the car had been rifled through, and in an interview with The Land Edwina admitted to viewing identification contained within the locked car. However, police refused to press charges, citing a "lack of evidence". Edwina then took to harassing board members of multiple animal rights groups with frivolous legal threats. In addition to the cruelty that can be expected at the new piggery if development proceeds, there are also serious environmental concerns, as with all intensive farming (piggeries in particular). A loss of visitors to Harden can also be expected, as the region further reinforces its negative reputation as an intensive factory farming hub, after the recent construction of a 27-shed duck farm. To the Administrator, Hilltops Council, we ask that you do the right thing by your community and by the hundreds of thousands more pigs who face a life of suffering and misery at the hands of Edwina and Michael Beveridge over the next decade - please say no to the construction of this piggery.
Petition to Rt Hon Bill English - NZ Government
Make real-life battery farm images mandatory on all battery egg cartons and packaging
The barbaric days of battery egg farming should well and truly be over in today's supposed civilised society. But it is not. The dirt cheap price of battery (cage) eggs is not the only cost - consumers who choose to buy battery farmed eggs are shielded from the cruelty by the pretty packaging which often alludes to happy and healthy hens willingly laying their eggs. The reality is so very different. Until the NZ Government has the guts to outright ban battery (and barn) egg farming I want to see a requirement introduced for battery farmers to feature prominent photographic evidence on their packaging of the conditions the battery farm hen is forced to live in. These sentient animals are denied the most basic of conditions. How can we be comfortable allowing this to continue to exist? The ultimate show of kindness and respect towards animals is to go vegan, but at the very least why not free range?
Petition to Ministry of Primary Industries
Challenge Factory Pig Farming operations in New Zealand
Despite New Zealand’s illusion of an ethical pork industry, there are some ugly truths behind the practices of factory pig farming. A number of pig farms within New Zealand are intensive (large numbers of animals raised on limited land), cruel and solely focused on profit. This means pigs are forced into horrendous conditions of cramped, dark stalls, surrounded by faeces and even bodies of dead pigs. There have been cases where the pigs have been subject to beatings for no reason and docking of their tails with no anesthetic. Narrow farrowing crates are still used, a huge contrast to pig’s natural instinct to forage and socialize in the wild. Pigs are said to one of the most intelligent and self aware animals on the planet. They are capable of recognizing positive and negative emotions and have the cognitive skills of a three year old. In bad environments like these farms, they display signs of anxiety and can develop depression like humans. We believe these farms and their regulations must be questioned and changed, all with the help of the public. This petition will be sent to the Ministry Of Primary Industries whose Animal Welfare Act states that farms, “Have to meet an animal's physical, health and behavioural needs, and must alleviate pain or distress.” It is clear that Factory Pig Farming in New Zealand does not heed to this act with their continuation of these unethical operations. We need your signature to challenge the Ministry of Primary Industries to enforce this act fully throughout all pig farms in New Zealand. (Photo Source- FarmWatch NZ)
Petition to City Of Greater Geelong, Dr Kathy Alexander, Laurinda Gardner, Peter Dorling
Ban Intensive Goat Dairy - Geelong
18,500 goats to be intensively farmed on Geelong's doorstep, at Moorabool and Lara. The City of Greater Geelong is currently considering two planning applications made by Nuchev for goat dairy farms in which animals are confined indoors with approximately 6m2 space each - "No areas are proposed for grazing or animal exercise". Nuchev produces goat infant formula products, primarily for the Asian market. These goats will spend their lives intensively confined, while enduring the constant cycle of impregnation, birth, and milking that all dairy animals are forced to undertake, so their milk can be exported for use as formula powder overseas. Not to mention the cruelty associated with the slaughter of male infants and end-of-usefulness slaughter of all other goats. Geelong Council received 447 objections to the applications and will be considering the proposals at a meeting on July 7, 2016. We urge the Administrators fulfilling the roles of Mayor and Councillors to reject the proposed factory farms for the following reasons: The proposal does not support the purpose of the Farming Zone. The purpose of the Farming Zone is: ‘to provide for the use of land for agriculture; to encourage the retention of productive agricultural land.’ How is the confinement of 18,500 goats in huge sheds with 100% of food brought in from off-site using the land for agriculture? This is an industrial use - the site is not ‘productive agricultural land’ in this scenario (i.e. soil quality is irrelevant). The proposal will not contribute positively to a 'farmed rural landscape' as required by Clause 21.07-5 Rural Areas and Clause 22.05 Agriculture, Rural Dwellings and Subdivision. Clause 21.07-5 Rural Areas aims to ‘ensure that rural areas provide an attractive setting through the preservation of a farmed rural landscape’. Enormous sheds housing up to 7,000 goats and a milk processing plant do not constitute a ‘farmed rural landscape’ and will negatively impact the farmed landscape character of the area. The proposal is unsustainable. The Greater Geelong Planning Scheme includes the City of Greater Geelong Sustainable Growth Framework, which is supposed to 'ensure that all actions and development undertaken in the City of Greater Geelong meets the needs of the present community, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. Factory farming is unsustainable by its very nature. The proposal is not supported by Clause 21.05 Natural Environment of the Planning Scheme. The environmental impacts of such farms are significant and can have serious adverse impacts on waterways and biodiversity. Intensive farming also contributes to climate change. The proposal does not provide the goats with the Five Freedoms. The application report (RFI response) includes the following statement: “No areas are proposed for grazing or animal exercise. Nuchev has undertaken research in this field and believe that there are no benefits to goats if grazing and/or animal exercise is undertaken.” It is utter absurdity to claim that grazing and exercise is of no benefit to goats. The widely-accepted Five Freedoms necessitate that animals are given the opportunity to express normal behaviours. No social impact assessment has been provided as required under Clause 65. Clause 65 provides that the matters set out in Section 60 of the Planning and Environment Act are to be considered. One of these matters is: “(f) any significant social effects and economic effects which the responsible authority considers the use or development may have.” The Proposal, an intensive farming development involving immense cruelty to animals, has a significant social impact. More and more members of the public are refusing to tolerate the factory farming of animals and for many Victorians, the knowledge that such factory farms exist and that sentient beings are suffering in such conditions has a detrimental impact on their own wellbeing. Unacceptable impacts on amenity. The operating hours of the milk processing plant (24 hours a day) and of the farms (4am - 11pm), as well as noise impacts and a significant number of vehicle movements (including large vehicles) will have a detrimental effect on the amenity of the surrounding area. Factory farming is not the way of the future for the City of Greater Geelong. Please show some common sense and some compassion and reject Planning Permit Applications 32/2015 & 1204/2015.