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Pig farm fight heats up as objections handed in

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2013

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A GIANT pig has made a special delivery and dropped off thousands of objections against plans for Foston pig farm.

Members of Foston Community Forum joined national animal rights group, Viva!, and it’s mascot, Piggles, to hand in the objections at Derbyshire County Council headquarters, in Matlock.

James Davies, from Foston Community Forum, said: “I am here to represent Foston village residents and support the Viva! campaign.

“The residents of Foston are overwhelmingly against this proposal, and support from the wider community is gratefully received.

“If this monstrous factory is allowed to go ahead, the implications for our health, quality of life and environment are potentially disastrous.

“This type of industrial activity is not farming, and may threaten the livelihoods of small farmers throughout the UK.”

The farm applicants, Midland Pig Producers (MPP), want to house around 25,000 pigs indoors at the development adjacent to Foston Prison. Objectors are urging people to continue voicing their objection to the plans before the county council makes a decision later this year. Plans have already been rejected by South Derbyshire District Council, but it received no objection from East Staffordshire Borough Council. The county council will make the final decision.

The new objections came after MPP recently resubmitted its plans after it amended due to environmental issues.

A spokesperson for MPP said: “We never expected that pressure-groups and animal rights activists and indeed their followers, whose motive is either to promote vegetarianism or stop animal farming altogether, would support our proposals. However, the large, yet silent, majority of meat eaters want to eat reasonably-priced good quality meat raised with painstaking attention to animal welfare and hygiene, which is what we plan to provide.”

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