Read Michael Mansfield QC's letter in full here.
Prominent barrister Michael Mansfield QC – who has defended scores of accused in prominent and controversial court cases – has fired off an urgent letter to Derbyshire County Council after learning from PETA that Midland Pig Producers has submitted an application to build an enormous factory farm in Foston, Derbyshire. Mansfield, a vegetarian, objects on the grounds that the pigs on this proposed farm would spend their entire lives imprisoned indoors, denied everything that is natural and important to them.
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Barely a year after Animal Aid first released harrowing footage taken inside UK abattoirs, they have uncovered more abuse. Video footage secretly recorded at Elmkirk Ltd (Cheale Meats) makes for distressing viewing, but astonishingly, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are refusing to prosecute those responsible because the abattoir staff were not consulted about the cameras.
The hidden cameras at the Cheale Meats abattoir recorded staff punching pigs, hitting them with bats, burning their faces with cigarettes and forcing injured pigs to drag themselves into the stun pen. One … Read more.
The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright posed for photographs with her pig pal, Mr. Darcy, to urge compassionate citizens to speak out against Midland Pig Producers’ plans to build an enormous factory farm in Foston, Derbyshire.
“Mr Darcy really has opened my eyes to how wonderful, smart and fun pigs are”, says Bright. “He loves to go for walks, play in the long grass and feel the sun on his back – all things that the 25,000 pigs who would be housed in this pig prison in Foston would be … Read more.
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Here’s something that vegans and meat-eaters alike can agree on: Factory pig farms are bad for animals and the environment. After watching the documentary Pig Business, which shows the conditions in which factory-farmed pigs are raised, fashion designer and lifelong vegetarian Stella McCartney as well as actor Sienna Miller are asking people to stop eating factory-farmed pork and are calling for a European ban on factory pig farms.
Miller states, “Before I started researching the subject, I never truly realised the appalling extent to which pigs – … Read more.
Like most vegans, I often find myself in conversation with people about what I eat and the reasons for my choices, so I try to arm myself with knowledge to be as effective a voice as I can be for all animals currently suffering on factory farms.
That’s why I was so impressed by Sue Cross’s book On the Menu: Animal Welfare, which comprehensively explores the treatment of animals bred and killed for food in the UK. From mussels, lobsters and squids to cows, sheep, pheasants and rabbits, the book describes … Read more.
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A&G Barber of Purleigh in Essex, one of the abattoirs at the centre of Animal Aid’s undercover investigation, has been forced to close down following the release of shocking video footage. Among other abuses, the video shows workers improperly stunning pigs, leaving the animals to regain consciousness and experience the full horror of slaughter. After seeing the video, A&G Barber’s biggest customer, a German sausage manufacturer, cancelled its contract.
Animal Aid’s investigation revealed that at six out of the seven abattoirs they filmed, workers routinely and … Read more.
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It isn’t surprising that scientists recently “discovered” that pigs have feelings. All the undercover footage PETA has accumulated over the years of animals on factory farms and in laboratories makes it clear that animals feel pain and suffer just as we do. Many of us knew it all along, but it’s still great to see this fact printed in the pages of a major daily newspaper.
When I was 16, I made the compassionate decision to stop eating meat. I was given a plate of gammon steak, … Read more.
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Although the UK has seen a significant drop in meat consumption since 2005, more than 893 million animals are still killed for meat each year in the country, often in horrific ways. Shocking footage taken by Animal Aid has revealed numerous cases of horrendous animal abuse in UK slaughterhouses, two of which could now face prosecution.
The appalling footage shows slaughterhouse workers repeatedly shocking terrified pigs on the ears, snout and body. Workers were also seen throwing and beating screaming and terrified animals and kicking them in … Read more.
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If you have children or work with children, you know how much animals fascinate them and how animals feature heavily in children’s stories, games and toys. I always think it must be confusing for children when they eventually come to the realisation that much of the food they eat is animal flesh and that the lives of animals on factory farms are not remotely like the rosy or fantastic pictures painted in their storybooks. In addition, less “cuddly” animals are often presented negatively in books, cartoons and films.… Read more.