Scrapped: Plans for Horrific Chicken Factory Farm Near York

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A huge intensive farm that was planned to be built on Green Belt land in Rufforth, North Yorkshire, would have kept 288,000 chickens at a time in crowded, windowless sheds for the entirety of their short lives.

Luckily, after thousands of people took action, the farmer has withdrawn the planning application, just one day before York Council was due to make a decision about whether the farm should be allowed to go ahead – probably because he knew the application was likely to be rejected.

This good news means that up to a million birds a year will be spared the misery of being raised for meat in grim factory farm conditions.

“Broiler” chickens typically lead short, unnatural lives, during which they may never feel the warmth of the sun or breathe fresh air. They’re bred to grow so large so fast that their legs are often unable to support their oversized bodies, and they can be sent to slaughter when they’re just 42 days old.

An Animal Aid investigation into another farm owned by H Barker & Son – the company behind this application – found deeply upsetting scenes, including birds with raw skin, hock burns and missing feathers, and piles of dead animals left to rot in the open air.

More than 4,000 of you signed our letter to the local council calling on them to refuse planning permission, while the application received many other objections from local residents, community organisations and even the local MP. We know that this widespread public pressure had an impact and helped convince the farmer to withdraw his plans for these monstrous poultry sheds. Thank you to everyone who got involved.

The movement against unethical factory farming is strong and growing all the time. Successes like this show that your voices can have a real impact.

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  • Donna Jackson commented on March 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for all your amazing work. There are a lot of causes to fight for out there, but , to me, there is nothing mite important than our fellow creatures and our planet.. And how we take care of them/it. Please send everything you can to me including how to start my own sanctuary on my 16acre farm being left to me. Caring isn’t enough, I really want to take action.

    • Dan commented on March 28, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Hi Donna, Thanks so much for caring. Can you please drop us a line with your question to Thanks

    • Jenn commented on May 26, 2016 at 3:56 am

      That is great news There should never been allowed to do what they have done for probable years. Thanks to everyone great job. I wont stop being a voice to these animals.

  • cheryl erb commented on May 21, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Animals are mistreated horribly and suffer needlessly.


  • Janice Proctor--Broad commented on August 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I have today received a letter asking for objections to what sounds like the same thing at grid reference 458205 449925 West of Bradley Lane, Rufforth?

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