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Please help to stop the battery mega dairy!

Post: # 219336Post bonniethomas06
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:16 am

Please forgive the cutting and pasting, but I have received the email below from Compassion in World Farming. The Nocton Mega-Dairy re-submitted planning application is now at a critical stage and they need as many people to write to the council opposing the plans as possible.

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

Thanks, Bonnie
Dear Bonnie,
Happy new year! We hope that together we can make this a good year for farmed animals.
You are receiving this email as one of a special group of Compassion supporters whom we can rely on to get active for us when we really need it.

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.

Objection points:

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.
ANIMAL WELFARE

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.
POLLUTION

Air
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.
Land
Digested slurry from the facility would be spread on the surrounding farmland, which is designated as lying within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).
Water
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.
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Re: Please help to stop the battery mega dairy!

Post: # 219353Post Green Aura
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:39 am

Sorry Bonnie, I didn't read your letter so if I'm repeating anything please forgive me.

I've already voted via the viva campaign. If anyone objected last time, please remember to do it again because this is a completely separate entity.

The other main thing to note is that, although they've reduced the number substantially from their first application, their current planning application includes further plans to expand.

So even if anyone thought having 3000+ cows treated in this way is OK it could rapidly shoot back up to the 10000+ they originally wanted.
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Post: # 219393Post Berti
Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:27 pm

have recently seen the programme on BBC tv.
was very sorry to read it all.....
good luck with the actions!

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Post: # 219403Post okra
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:12 pm

Berti wrote:have recently seen the programme on BBC tv.
was very sorry to read it all.....
good luck with the actions!
Saw the same programme - BBC Panorama called the cost of cheap food

Good luck with the campaign

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Post: # 220309Post cocobelle
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:34 pm

Good luck with the campaign - this kind of so-called farming is a despicable barbaric practice that should be outlawed.
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Post: # 220310Post Berti
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:41 pm

cocobelle wrote:Good luck with the campaign - this kind of so-called farming is a despicable barbaric practice that should be outlawed.
yes.......but as long as we want dairy and meat, we cannot close our eyes for where it comes from and how its obtained.
there is something to say for a vegan lifestyle.

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