Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Pig Prison

For Immediate Release:

27 April 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


More Than 13,000 Agree: Application for Massive Durham Facility Must Be Killed and Buried

County Durham – After hearing that a new pig farm condemning up to 4,000 pigs at any one time to lives of misery could be built near New Brancepeth, more than 13,000 concerned residents and other PETA supporters have written to Durham County Council to urge its planning department to reject the application.

“From the noise of the traffic to the knowledge that thousands of sensitive pigs would suffer inside filthy sheds, the facility would be a blight on Durham’s landscape and its reputation”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “If Durham County Council visited one of these intensive farms and saw the terrified animals, heard their screams, and smelled the putrid stench of ammonia and faeces, it would surely refuse permission for this hellhole.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – warns that pigs on factory farms are crammed into severely crowded, filthy sheds and denied the opportunity to engage in any natural behaviour. When they’re sent to the abattoir, many are painfully killed without being properly stunned. In addition to tarnishing the community’s reputation, such a large-scale factory-farming operation could also have an adverse impact on the surrounding countryside, marring the beautiful scenery and generating high levels of noise and traffic, undoubtedly disturbing residents. And on a global scale, factory farms are among the main contributors to the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

PETA recently 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.

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