Animal welfare activists PETA UK have come out against plans for a pig farm outside Limavady and want objectors to sign their open letter to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) state on their website ‘Stop This Mega Pig Factory Farm in Limavady, Londonderry’,: “We must oppose a new planning application that seeks to extend an intensive pig farm and keep up to 20,000 pigs...”
Campaigners in the area are delighted such a high profile organisation has come out in opposition against the proposed farm for Moys Road.
“I think it’s great news as not many people know about this factory being built or the sheer sale of it. Hopefully now it’s going to go worldwide making people aware of what it actually coming to Limavady! It’s not a farm it’s a factory. PETA is a voice for these animals,” said a resident who lives near the propsed pig farm site.
Residents against the plan have launched an online campaign amid fears if it goes ahead it will “destroy our community”.
A Facebook page called ‘Stop the Moys Road, Limavady Pig Farm’ has emerged and so far more than 2,000 people have voiced their opposition on the change.org website through a “Say ‘NO’ to the Simpson 49,000 strong Pig Farm in Limavady” directed at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Farmer Tommy Simpson has told the ‘Journal’ there would be no more than 20,000 pigs on the site at any time and the venture could create 12 jobs.
PETA UK,k in their letter to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Coucil state “we were horrified to learn of planning application (B/2015/0005/F) for four additional pig-breeding units...”.
You can read more at the PETA website http://petauk.org/savepigs