Green Party leader speaks out against proposed massive pig farm

Planning permission is being sought for a pig farm in Newtownabbey that will house up to 30,000 pigs.

Green Party leader Steven Agnew MLA said,

“I have been made aware of the plans to build a massive pig farm in Newtownabbey by the concerns of local residents, who I plan to meet as a matter of urgency.

“Clearly they have concerns over smell and noise. I also have concerns over potential pollution given the amount of effluent that 30,000 pigs will produce.

“This is mass production on an industrial scale and I would like to know more about how the welfare of the pigs will be met, particularly as the farm will have a high level of mechanisation. Just because a livestock production enterprise meets some unclear welfare standards does not make it right.

“There are further questions to be asked regarding what abattoir facilities will be available to ensure that the pigs are treated humanely and whether or not they will be exported for slaughter.

“It saddens me that a farm on this scale is being proposed right on our doorstep. Indeed it could be described as a factory rather than a farm, with the pigs reduced to mere units of production in a drive to cut costs and maximise profit.

“I shall be pursuing answers”.

The planning reference for this project is LA03/2015/0051/F and is being considered by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

4  June 2015

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