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More than 2,500 agree: authorities should call off potential farm in Nottinghamshire
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Published: 30 April 2016
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
A new chicken farm that would condemn 250,000 chickens at any one time to lives of misery could be built in Nottinghamshire – and in response, thousands of people are joining PETA in urging the Newark and Sherwood District Council to reject the proposal.
Click here to add your support.
The planning application is for six huge broiler chicken units to be built in the pleasant village of Staunton in the Vale, Nottinghamshire.
These enormous sheds would each be the length of a football field and confine a staggering 41,000 birds.
Chickens intensively raised for meat – or ‘broilers’ – spend almost their entire lives in these grim sheds and may never see the sun.
When they’re just 38 days old, they’re sent to a terrifying death at an abattoir, though 30% of these birds will be ‘destocked’ and killed before they even make it that far.
In addition to causing cruelty to animals on a massive scale, a farm of this kind would likely have many negative effects on the local area, including noise from high-velocity roof fans and increased traffic from heavy goods vehicles driving through narrow village streets.
These farms also tend to generate enormous quantities of environmental pollutants such as manure and toxic chemicals. Contamination of water supplies is a very real possibility that could have a negative impact on wildlife.
‘The citizens of Nottinghamshire have spoken, and the Newark and Sherwood District Council should heed their concerns for the environment, the health of their community and animal welfare.
‘PETA is joining them in calling for this plan to be scrapped, sparing hundreds of thousands of birds a lifetime of suffering.’
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to eat’ – has documented that chickens used for food are fed a steady diet of antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often break under their own weight.
At the abattoir, they are often shackled upside down and have their throats slit, while others are scalded – sometimes alive – in de-feathering tanks.
Click here to sign PETA’s letter to the council.