Victory! Plans for Pig Factory Farm in Durham Are Withdrawn

Posted by on March 22, 2018 | Permalink

Good news for pigs! An application for a cruel factory farm in New Brancepeth, County Durham – which would have condemned up to 4,000 pigs at a time to a life of suffering and misery – has been withdrawn. More than 13,000 PETA supporters signed a petition to Durham County Council opposing the farm.

Pigs on UK factory farms are typically confined to crowded, barren sheds, where they’re denied the chance to do anything that comes naturally to them, such as playing, exploring their surroundings, foraging for food, and raising offspring. The frustration and stress from this extreme confinement can drive these highly intelligent animals to engage in aggressive behaviour such as tail-biting, so farmers routinely cut off their tails and clip or grind down their sensitive teeth, often without painkillers.

These helpless animals are generally sent to slaughter when they’re just a few months old. After enduring a terrifying journey to the abattoir, they’re typically stunned with electric tongs or suffocated with carbon dioxide in a gas chamber before their throats are slit.

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and spoke out against this cruelty.

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