Below is information about how you can do it, if you want to. I will be, just thought I would spread the news. As the links do not work within the copied text, to send your application you just need to follow this link for addresss/email details:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/cows_belong_in_f ... heard.aspx
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Your help is crucial
There are just 7 days left to let the planning officials at North Kesteven District Council know that Cows Belong in Fields, and that the proposed ‘mega-dairy’ at Nocton Heath will be a disaster not only for animals, but for local people, for farmers and for the environment.
The deadline for objections is 5pm Tuesday January 11. We now need you to take a few moments to write to the Council and oppose Nocton Dairies’ plans. Please see our guidance below, then click here to see how to lodge your objection online.
Together we can make a difference
Animals kept in factory farms are part of a system that degrades us all and damages the natural world around us. Intensive dairies are, quite simply, the latest factory farming threat to the UK – and we must stop the Nocton Heath proposals in their tracks.
Because current planning laws do not take animal welfare into account it is crucial that your objection encompasses the full range of problems that an industrial farm of this size will bring to the UK. So, in addition to raising your concerns about animal welfare, we ask you to please include environmental and countryside concerns as well. See below for some tips – and then please personalise your objections as far as possible. That way they will have far more impact.
You can submit your objection by post or email. Click here to find out how. And remember, your objection must be lodged by January 11.
INDUSTRIAL OR AGRICULTURAL?
The proposed dairy is over 30 times the size of any existing dairy in the UK – this scale raises the question of whether the application is industrial or agricultural.
Although the application is currently to house 3,700 cows, Nocton Dairies have said they plan to double the number of cows. It is essential that the proposal before planning officers takes into account this planned expansion.
The Lisbon Treaty requires EU Member States to “pay full regard” to animal welfare in agriculture. Likewise the Animal Welfare Act 2006 requires that an animal’s needs must be met, including the need to exhibit normal behaviour patterns.
Intensive dairies rely on particular breeds of cow that have been genetically selected to produce vast amounts of milk. This predisposes the animal to many health problems including lameness, mastitis and metabolic diseases.
Cows’ ability to express their normal behaviour is limited by this environment. Keeping cows with little or no access to grazing also increases the risk of many health problems, including lameness, mastitis and metabolic disorders.
Emissions to atmosphere from the proposed dairy will include dust, methane and ammonia, as well as odour from manure spreading and storage, and livestock buildings.
Digested slurry from the facility would be spread on the surrounding farmland, which is designated as lying within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).
The current application does not provide a complete assessment of the potential water pollution risks. The local water aquifer runs directly beneath Nocton Dairies’ proposed site, and it is at risk of leaching and ‘run off’ from the slurry application. There are additional risks of water pollution from day to day operations.