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· Netherlands: More Than 440,000 Sign Petition After 20,000 Pigs Killed In Dutch Factory Farm Blaze
· Ireland: Company defends major pig farm plan
More Than 440,000 Sign Petition After 20,000 Pigs Killed In Dutch Factory Farm Blaze
The farmer already had a track record of keeping animals in extremely poor conditions
Maria Chiorando, Plant Based News
August 9, 2017
Nearly half a million people have signed a petition to suspend a pig farmer's permit after 20,000 pigs were killed by a blaze on his factory farm in Holland.
According to animal welfare lobby group Wakker Dier, that is the largest number of pigs to perish in a single fire.
The petition on avaaz.com wants to see the farmer, Adriaan Straathof, suspended from keeping any kind of animals.
The petition, which is addressed to local, regional, national, and European regulators, says: "As citizens outraged by the incredible suffering of animals on farms owned by Adriaan Straathof, we urge you to take advantage of all possibilities offered by local, regional, national, and European laws to withdraw his farming permits, ensuring he is unable to farm or keep any livestock or other animals.
"We also urge you to pass stricter fire and animal welfare regulation to make sure this doesn't happen again."
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Company defends major pig farm plan
By Conor Macauley, BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent (UK)
9 August 2017
Northern Ireland -- A company backing plans for a large pig farm in Co Londonderry has defended the development near Limavady.
If approved by planners, the farm on Glenhead Road would house five pig units to accommodate 13,000 animals.
The farm is being backed by the PCM Group which negotiates with processors on behalf of 32 pig farmers.
Opponents have raised concerns about emissions, but supporters say the farm's design features will mitigate the environmental impact.
PCM Group spokesman Hugh McReynolds said it would be a "high welfare" site.
He said UK supermarkets were increasingly committing to buying British pork and there was a market for the meat.
The site has the capacity to produce around 58,000 pigs a year.
Causeway Coast and Glens Council will decide whether it gets the go-ahead.
So far it has been sent 3,000 letters of objection, five petitions with a total of almost 14,000 signatures and two letters of support.
The farmer, Thomas Simpson, has been asked to provide planners with levels of odour, noise and ammonia.
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