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Herd of “Cows” Up in Arms Over Proposed Industrialised Dairy Farm

Welshpool – Wearing prison uniforms and cow masks and holding signs that read, "Save Us – Say 'No' to Powys Dairy", PETA supporters will greet members of the Powys County Council as they arrive at Town Hall in Welshpool on Tuesday to discuss a proposal to expand Leighton Farm into an industrialised dairy farm with 1,000 cows. The belligerent bovines' point? That dairy factory farms deny cows everything that's natural and important to them and relegate them to a life of suffering and an early death.

Cows on dairy factory farms are forced to produce unnaturally high yields of milk, pushing their bodies to exhaustion. They are repeatedly impregnated, only to have their calves torn away from them within days of birth. Female calves spend their first few weeks in tiny stalls, and at 15 months old, they enter the same hellish cycle as their mothers. Male calves, who are deemed surplus waste in the dairy industry, are either shot at birth or sold to the veal industry. Cows have a natural life span of about 20 years or more, but most in the dairy industry are killed between the ages of 4 and 7. Additionally, dairy factory farms are notorious polluters, fouling the air, land and water.

"If the councillors want to keep the abuse of animals and pollution out of Powys, they'll immediately vote down this proposal", says PETA's Abi Izzard. "Shooting newborn calves and stealing their mothers' milk makes the case for dairy consumption hard to swallow."

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.