Lydia Bright And Mr. Darcy Protest Proposed Pig Farm

For Immediate Release:
5 July 2011

Sandra Smiley +44 (0) 20 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

London – The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright held a sign reading, “(heart) Pigs: Say NO to Foston Pig Farm” as she posed for photographs with her pig pal, Mr Darcy, to urge compassionate citizens to speak out against Midland Pig Producers’ plan to build an enormous factory farm in Foston, Derbyshire. With the deadline for objections to the plans looming, proud pig guardian Bright is encouraging her fans to submit a letter of objection to the Derbyshire County Council.

“Mr Darcy really has opened my eyes to how wonderful, smart and fun pigs are”, says Bright. “He loves to go for walks, play in the long grass and feel the sun on his back – all things that the 25,000 pigs who would be housed in this pig prison in Foston would be denied. To keep pigs in close confinement and deny them access to the outdoors and fresh air is cruel. I would ask all of Mr Darcy’s fans to please go to the PETA website and speak out against Midland Pig Producers’ proposed plans.” 

According to the plans for the massive factory farm, 25,000 pigs would be imprisoned in the facility at a time, and 1,000 pigs would be transported to slaughter each week. In addition to the suffering caused by keeping complex, intelligent animals in filthy, crowded conditions, the facility could pose real risks to human health and the environment. The building of a farm this big would mean yet more backsliding for farmed-animal welfare in the UK.