Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Ostrich Farm

Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Ostrich Farm

Over 15,000 People Agree: Application for Cambridgeshire Farm Must Be Killed and Buried

Cambridgeshire – Plans have been submitted to Fenland District Council for an ostrich farm in Murrow, Cambridgeshire that would confine sensitive ostriches in an unnatural environment and condemn hundreds of them to slaughter every year. Along with profiting off their flesh, the farmer intends to sell their skin for “luxury” leather bags and their feathers will be sold to “adorn” homes.

In response, PETA has sent a petition with over 15,000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging the council to reject the plans.

If approved, every year, hundreds of birds would be crammed into the proposed building, treated as egg-laying machines, and denied the chance to do many of the things that come naturally to them – such as sharing parenting responsibilities, nurturing their chicks, and roaming vast distances.

In the petition, PETA points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on a large scale, a facility of this kind would likely have many negative effects on the local area, including diminishing the character of the rural landscape and spoiling natural vistas. Ostriches are large animals capable of killing humans with their kicks and could be a danger to farm workers and nearby residents.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and Fenland District Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare, the environment, and the health of the community,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling for this plan to be scrapped, sparing hundreds of exotic birds a lifetime of suffering and an agonising death.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat [or] wear” – notes that ostriches are social birds, who, in nature, can traverse up to 12 miles a day – even reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. They can naturally live for up to 40 years, but those exploited on farms are usually just 12 to 18 months old when they’re sent to the abattoir.

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Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected].