Global animal welfare organisation, PETA, has joined the campaign against plans to build an industrial scale pig farm on the outskirts of Limavady.
The pig farm application from farmer Tommy Simpson is with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for planning approval, who confirmed it has received approximately 1050 objections to the planning application.
Residents against the plan have launched an online campaign, including a petition which has been signed by thousands, amid fears if the proposed pig farm for Moys Road goes ahead it will “destroy our community”.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Planning Department confirmed it has received approximately 1050 objections
High profile supporters, such as Downton Abbey star and animal welfare campaigner Peter Egan have also voiced opposition.
“I think it’s great news PETA are on board 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 proposed pig farm site.
PETA campaign co-ordinator. Kirsty Henderson claimed pig farms on such a scale “condemn pigs to a life of hell”.
“We must remember pigs are sentient and intelligent animals and treating them as commodities for their flesh is nothing short of a great injustice,” said Ms Henderson.
Ms Henderson said should the pig farm go ahead, there is the potential to be serious animal welfare issues, but there could also be a hugely negative impact on the environment and local community regarding noise and pollution.
Ms Henderson also expressed concern about what she called “two slurry lagoons”, describing them as “lakes of faeces”.
“So, it’s not surprising local people don’t want this to go ahead,” she added.