Nocton Dairies Ltd
has resubmitted its application to build a huge industrial factory farm.
Despite a reduction in the number of cows from the 8,100 indicated in the original proposal, this facility would still be the largest dairy farm that the UK has ever seen, and if built,
it would condemn 3,770 cows to a life of misery and suffering. Please help by urging North Kesteven District Council to reject the application.
If this mega-dairy is approved, it will set a precedent for more of these animal prisons to appear across the country. We have to act fast! The council's official public consultation on the proposal is happening over the Christmas period, so please ask everyone you know to voice their objections as soon as possible!
According to Nocton Dairies' plan, the cows on this factory farm would spend their lives in cramped and filthy conditions and be kept entirely indoors for potentially months at a time. They would be deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, including the right to socialise and raise their young.
Cows on dairy factory farms are forced to produce unnaturally high yields of milk, and many are killed before they reach the age of 5 as a result of physical exhaustion. Nocton plans to milk the cows three times a day, as opposed to the normal two, thus increasing the suffering of the cows and exhausting them even faster. Cows naturally live for 20 years or more, but on factory farms, most are slaughtered between the ages of 4 and 7. Cows are repeatedly impregnated only to have their calves torn away from them within a couple days of birth. Female calves enter the same hellish existence as their mothers, and male calves, who are seen as a byproduct of the dairy industry, are either shot at birth or sold to the meat industry.
Please send a polite letter to the members of the North Kesteven District Council voicing your objection to this application and urging them to reject the proposal. The closing date for objections is 11 January 2011. Objections submitted to previous applications by Nocton do not count, so please object now even if you have already done so in the past!