Large-Scale Cruelty Given the Go-Ahead in Powys

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We have some sad news to report: plans to build a massive dairy farm in Wales that would inflict misery on 1,000 cows at a time have just been approved by a government minister.

Say no to massive super-dairy in Wales

Back in 2010, farmer Fraser Jones submitted an application to dramatically expand his dairy farm in the village of Welshpool, Powys. The application was vehemently opposed by local residents, groups such as the National Trust for Wales and thousands of PETA supporters, including actor Owain Yeoman. It was rejected by Powys County Council, and after a public inquiry, the planning inspector strongly recommended that it be refused.

Yet, outrageously, despite this clear opposition from every quarter, Welsh Assembly Planning Minister Carl Sargeant has approved the application, putting profit above animal welfare, human rights concerns, environmental issues and the health of the children at the primary school next to the farm.

This decision will put Powys on the map for all the wrong reasons. It is a blow to the democratic planning process in Wales as well as a grim life sentence for the thousands of cows who will be imprisoned on the new factory farm.

Factory farm cruelty for dairy cows in Powys, WalesAll compassionate people need to oppose the trend towards US-style “super-dairies” in this country. Cows in average-sized dairy herds of 120 already suffer extreme pain and discomfort, as they are kept in a constant cycle of pregnancy, separated from their babies, and forced to produce unnaturally high yields of milk until their bodies become exhausted. Scaling up the size of dairy farms means scaling up the suffering for these animals and will inevitably lead to a rise in the incidence of infection and disease.

The harmful impact of the dairy industry is also apparent in the government’s cruel and misguided badger cull, which has come about as a result of pressure from the people who intensively raise cattle for profit. As a result, British wildlife is being needlessly massacred, while cows continue to suffer on intensive farms up and down the country.

The dairy industry is unscrupulous in its exploitation of animals for profit. Whilst PETA and all of the groups opposed to this horrific development in Powys consider our next move, there is one simple action you can take immediatelyagainst the cruelty: cut milk and dairy products out of your diet. Swap your semi-skimmed cows’ milk for delicious soya, almond, rice or oat milk – it’s good for your health and even better for animals.

Please also take action against a proposal to build a large-scale pig “prison” in Foston, Derbyshire, which would incarcerate up to 25,000 animals at a time in horrifically cruel conditions:

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  • valerie craske commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:16 am

    This should not be happening ,please stop now

  • Fiona Wall commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Please support to ban this hanous act

  • jenna smyth commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:20 am


  • sheila williams commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This is not only cruel it is uncivilised bararbaric and dangerous ,what happens with a outbreak of disease THINK.

  • ELLEN CAROLAN commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:25 am


  • doreen stratton commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:30 am


  • Bev Evans commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Powys is already on the map worldwide for their stance on puppy farms. Sadly, ethics and animal welfare are not words that have any meaning in this county. I am sick to death of certain areas of my home country having a notoriety around the globe for the despicable way they treat animals. This is the 21st century and meat eaters and dairy consumers, by and large, do not like to think they are enjoying these items whilst animals are treated so badly in the production of them. The mindset in Powys seems to be 100 years out of date.

  • carole green commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

    this should never happen,yes they are only cows(to some people)but they don’t deserve to live this horrendous way,stop being greedy and treat these loving creatures better

  • Sue Powis commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Unecessary, only profitable because of subsidy, unhealthy as well as cruel

  • Lynda commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Animal welfare is going backwards in this country. Soon, we will have the same shameful standards previously found only in third world countries. But not for reasons of ignorance, profit is the motivator here, driven by greed.

  • m.hooper commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The picture of factory farming is very worrying, its cruel and dangerous. The potential for disease id very high and the cows must be pumped full of anti-biotic. How can this be healthy for Animal and Human. We should be relying less on milk products and try some of the excellent alternatives to take the pressure off these poor animals who are being cruelly used for a product that we do not need.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Just stop all the madness, we don’t need it.

  • Chrystine Vernon commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Where is the humanity in these people that approve such abject cruelty!!!!

  • Miss J A Ellison commented on November 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting. I am a dairy farmers daughter but we would never have let our cattle have to go through this type of cruelty. They were milked in a morning. Let out to graze then brought bak on a night to be milked again. In the cold months they stayed in the mistal all night and were fed with hay and cattle food. We dont need this. And we’re an animal loving nation. Its a pity not everyone feels the way the majority do. This really gets my back up. Poor poor cows.

  • Lorraine commented on November 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This is really sad news, I no longer drink cows milk, I want no part in this cruelty, the powers that be have a LOT to answer for and farmers!………………………….

  • Elaine Allan commented on November 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    At a time when awareness of concerns to animals, the environment and starving population is increasing this plan is outrageous!

  • Monica Smith commented on November 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This must not be allowed to happen

  • Jason Roberts commented on November 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    the greed of the world is out of control. the governments do not care about animal welfare and they always get the worst of human behaviours. we do not need this Dairy, people need to eat and drink less and stop expecting food for nothing..

  • Margaret Osborne commented on November 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This is so not necessary. Smaller dairy herds living in fields are being pushed out by these massive projects, and the cruelty to these cows is appalling.
    Milk is not that good for us anyway, we would be better off consuming a lot less.

  • kelly sinclair commented on November 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    in this day and age this is no longer expectable!

  • Jojo commented on November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve just enjoyed a bowl of dairy free ice cream and it’s delicious, I have soya milk on my cereal every day, we don’t need dairy with all the alternatives available now, there’s just no excuse! These poor cows :-(

  • Sylvia commented on November 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    You should not be aloud to build any sort of dairy farm . Smaller farms are better for the environment , have you all for gotten BSE , the greed of all that destroyed almost all of the British farms keep organic and small farms.

  • Orla commented on November 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    People are defined by the way they treat animals. Killing wildlife for their dairy business, (which is completely unnecessary) which involves inflicting cruelty on cows. The British government can be defined as ruthless business persons.

  • Nicola commented on November 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    What can we do to stop this going ahead?

  • Fran Davies commented on November 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    you make me thoroughly ashamed to be Welsh, what next, boiling dogs alive, skinning cats alive? You might jsut as well, you savages!!!

  • Marlene Watson-Tara commented on November 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    It’s all about greed as usual, the government have absolutely no interest about animals or humans.

  • Kim Worthington commented on November 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It seems more and more necessary to stop drinking cow’s milk and eating meat because of the way it is produced. Not only is it unacceptable cruelty, it is not good for us either. What is so difficult to see about this?

    I want to be informed of where I get my milk from. If it is form here I will not be buying it. If the decision -makers for this appalling decision have to hide the origin of our milk in order to sell it to us, then they need to ask themselves why.


  • Dayna commented on November 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me, how blind we are, how cruel we are and how ignorant we are. I want anyone, anyone at all to see the broader picture. Before it is too late.

  • Natalie De Mario commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Enough large scale cruelty it’s like the holocaust!!!

  • Catherine heap commented on November 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    This is sickening to think 1,000 cows at a time the suffering to these caring animals …. Cruelty is not the word.

  • Louise commented on November 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Another huge step backward for humanity . Humanity is really getting stupider and stupider and way to greedy and power hungry.To the people that have made the decision on this I hope you realise that you look like fools without integrity and that you are easily bought … how shameful and embarrassing for you :(

  • Maureen Matthews commented on November 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Was really really upset to hear this, here again innocent warm feeling animals are going to suffer for some greedy human to make money shame shame on you all to inflict such cruelty I hope what goes around comes around to anyone involved in this if only these people had half the heart of an animal it would never happen.

  • Kaeley commented on November 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    People in power are disgusting, its all about short term monetary gain regardless of the pain and suffering of countless animals, it is outdated and totally unnecessary. I don’t know about you, but i for one would rest easier at night knowing the food and drink i consumed came from sustainable, organic sources where cruelty was not involved and the animals could live as close to a natural fulfilling happy life as possible – this is completely achievable!!!!

    The majority (people like us) are not being listened to – again. This has got to stop. Maybe a good way forward would be to subject the so called decision makers to a few years of the type of life they are condemning the poor animals to (against so many of our wishes!)

  • sybil sable commented on November 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I do not eat meat,but I will surely remember this mans name Carl Sargeant in the way of cruelty.I wish himall the worst!

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