Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Pig Prison Expansion

Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Pig Prison Expansion

Over 15,000 People Agree: Application for Expanding Sheffield Farm Must Be Denied

Sheffield – After hearing that a Sheffield farm could increase in size by 200%, condemning nearly 1,800 pigs per year – 900 pigs per cycle – to a life of misery, over 15,000 concerned residents and PETA supporters have signed a petition urging Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to reject the application.

“From the increase in odours and potential environmental harm to the knowledge that thousands of sensitive pigs would suffer and many would perish inside filthy sheds, the proposed expansion of this facility must be stopped,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “If Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council members visited one of these intensive farms, saw the terrified animals, heard their screams, and smelled the putrid stench of ammonia, faeces, and rotting flesh, they would surely refuse plans to expand this hellhole.”

PETA warns that on factory farms, sharp-minded pigs are crammed into squalid, severely crowded sheds and denied psychological stimulation as well as the opportunity to engage in any natural behaviour. At the abattoir, many pigs aren’t properly stunned before their throats are cut. In addition to tarnishing the community’s reputation, such a large-scale operation could have adverse effects on the surrounding countryside and ecosystem, marring the beautiful scenery and generating water, soil, and air pollution as well as high levels of noise, traffic, and unpleasant odours – undoubtedly disturbing residents. And on a global scale, factory farms are among the main contributors to the greenhouse gas emissions causing the climate catastrophe.

PETA has released two exposés – which can be viewed here and here – providing a glimpse into the suffering endured by pigs on factory farms in the UK.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, TikTok, X (formerly Twitter), or Instagram.


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