February 23rd 2015 ~ Foston mega pigfarm application has been refused
The Environment Agency has refused to grant an Environmental Permit for the planned large scale pig farm at Foston in Derbyshire
because it says it could cause "significant pollution"
Midland Pig Producers have been trying for some years now to get approval
to keep up to 24,500 pigs in one unit.
January 15th 2014 ~ Proposed (yet again) Foston 25,000 pig unit factory. Serious implications for welfare and health of pigs
Pigs would be "confined in crowded and stressful conditions,
and the piglets weaned before their immune systems have properly developed"
Who could, with a straight face, argue that factories where living sentient creatures are crammed together
and dosed with antibiotics
to combat stressful illness, are good for anyone other than those hoping to make fat profits from the misery of others?
Local concerns about the health impacts of intensive livestock facilities are based on available evidence from The Netherlands
and the US warning that
residents within 250m-1000metres of intensive livestock operations would be exposed to hazards including MRSA organisms.
As for the welfare of the pigs themselves, DEFRA may argue
that "increasing the efficiency of food production will help us meet rising demand for food" but, as this
Independent article pointed out last year,
"the arguments against the mass production of meat have never been clearer.
The recent horse-meat scandal has revealed what can happen when price and profit
become the only criteria in the food chain....It feels like a moment of decision which will affect not only farming and the landscape, but also touches on our attitude to the food
we eat and the animals that provide it. Yet, oddly, the very activists who one might expect to put pressure on the Government remain silent. It is easier,
in this age of emotion and sentimentality, to gain public support by going after landowners who are beastly to badgers.."
PigBusiness and its many
well known supporters
urge us to take action.
February 11th 2012 ~ "The objections to the pig factory at Foston are mounting
all the time..."
Following the extraordinary
libel threat from Carter Ruck, acting for Midland Pig Producers to the Soil
Association when MPP said the objection to the proposed mega pig facility by the
Soil Association was "defamatory" and should be withdrawn, the organic farmers'
group, the Soil Association and Friends of the Earth havenow joined forces with
local group Foston Community Forum and Pig Business, film-makers and campaigners.
Derbyshire County Council has been sent a leagal letter advising them to refuse
planning permission for the proposed development at Foston. The Council is being
warned that they have an obligation under the Human Rights Act 1998 to
the effects of their decision on the human rights of affected third parties. The
right to private and family life prevents not just physical incursions into the
home or residence, but also interference from things such as noise, smell, emissions."
More on Foston below.
August 13th 2011 ~ Just as humans would be, " pigs are driven insane
when intensively confined in extremely crowded, filthy conditions.." Michael Mansfield
One of our heroes, Michael Mansfield QC, has written to Derbyshire County Council
to register his objection to the 2,500 sow pig farm planned for Foston. The Farmers
Guardian reported on Thursday that he wrote:
"Should the proposed pig prison
go ahead, most of the animals will never see sunlight or breathe fresh air until
the day they are loaded onto a lorry bound for the abattoir."Ghandi's view that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated...the more helpless a creature, the more
entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" seems as relevant as
He also said that approving the application would have a â€˜severely
detrimental effect' on the local environment, increasing vehicle traffic, emit â€˜foul
smells' and create a â€˜potential threat' to the water supply.'
June 19th 2011 ~ Britain is moving towards a "shameful system of factory farming
that will destroy the countryside and create a new breed of superbugs".
What is interesting about Dominic West's view, reported in the
Sunday Telegraph today, is that the television and Hollywood actor's concern
about the human health aspects of factory farming is likely to be taken more seriously
than the deep worry the rest of us feel about the erosion of ethics of which factory
farming is a symptom. He cares about that too - but reminds us that the overuse
of antibiotics in intensive livestock farms (half of all antibiotics in the UK are
used on farm animals and 60 per cent of those are given to pigs) is the cause of
the dangerous, life-changing new anti-biotic resistant strains of diseases such
as MRSA and the recent E-Coli strain in Germany. Without effective antibiotics,
life is going to be very different for people who become ill.
proposal signals a fundamental shift in British farming towards the US and EU system
of giant corporate-owned factories confining thousands of pigs in buildings and
feeding them antibiotics to keep them alive. Treating pigs as industrial production
units on such an intensive level is not only shameful but also unsustainable. It
is the antithesis of what people want the British countryside and farming to be
and it poses a potential threat to human health and the environment..." Read
in full Like Mr West, one feels that unless something is done to show how very
seriously ordinary people feel about this, the country will open its arms to giant
factory farms. CIWF
oppose such farms.