Animal Aid


Posted 16 August 2011

Hundreds of people from across the country rallied and then marched through Derby on Saturday (August 13) to protest against plans for a massive 'pig prison' that Midland Pig Producers (MPP) want to build next to the nearby village of Foston. Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler was among the speakers.

If the proposal gets approval, between 25,000 and 30,000 pigs will be confined - without access to the outside - at any one time. MPP are seeking to make a virtue out of this permanent incarceration, describing it as 'the ideal housing template'. MPP is part of the Leavesley group of companies - an opportunist enterprise that trades in everything from army surplus and guns, to petrol and impounded cars. The proposal can be stopped. Please register your opposition NOW with Derbyshire County Council, using our easy-to-use guide.

Take Action:

  • Email your objection to Derbyshire County Council or submit online here.
  • Send your written objections to: Ian Stephenson, Strategic Director - Environmental Services, Derbyshire County Council, Shand House, Dale Road South, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RY
  • Watch undercover footage taken at two existing MPP farms
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  • Suggested objection letter

    Dear Mr Stephenson

    Planning Application - CW9/0311/174

    I am writing to register my objection to the intensive pig farm proposed by Midland Pig Producers (MPP) on land at Foston, South Derbyshire.

    Animal welfare
    I realise that animal welfare is not a planning consideration, but believe it should be considered in this instance, as your decision could set a worrying precedent for the further intensification of the UK animal farming industry. As far as I am aware, this will be the largest factory farm to date in Britain - incarcerating around 25,000 animals at any one time and sending a thousand a week to slaughter.

    Risk to human health
    Crowding animals into unnatural conditions provides the perfect breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. These intensive systems of animal agriculture threaten both the global environment and public health. Pigs are highly intelligent and sociable animals who need stimulation and the opportunity to carry out their natural instincts, such as foraging and nursing their young. The stress from living in crowded conditions makes these animals more vulnerable to infection. Disease can be spread to the wider community via many routes - including through contaminated water, and even through farm workers and their families.

    Anaerobic digester
    I am aware that an anaerobic digester will be used to process the animal waste - harnessing energy by removing the methane and producing an odourless fertiliser as a by-product, which will be sold to neighbouring farms. However, it is my understanding that anaerobic digesters can themselves produce smells and toxic gases. They can pose a risk of fire, or worse, explosion, putting surrounding properties and residential communities at risk.

    Risks to the environment
    On farms the size of the proposed, it is an almost certainty that the animals will need to be fed antibiotics in an attempt to keep them healthy within the unnatural and crowded conditions in which they will be forced to live. I am aware that anaerobic digesters do not completely remove antibiotics from the pigs’ waste and am therefore concerned about the implications for the human food supply if waste from this farm is applied as fertiliser on locally grown crops, as plants have the ability to absorb antibiotics from soils.

    I hope that you will take my views into consideration and reject plans for an MPP farm at Foston.

    Yours sincerely

    [Sign your name]

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