Intensive Mega-Farm Plans
The scale of these proposals is monstrous and will cause the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year. For weeks at a time, pigs at Feltwell Farm and chickens at Methwold Farm will be crammed into dark sheds by the thousands. They’ll be mutilated and confined to an unnatural environment where everything important to them is taken away.
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Pigs are highly intelligent animals who would naturally live with their families. They love getting belly rubs and playing football and can recognise their own names. Some have even saved human lives.
Did you know that chickens enjoy sunbathing and can distinguish between more than 100 other chickens’ faces?
Both pigs and chickens feel pain and distress just like dogs, cats, and humans do. On these farms, they’d be denied the chance to do anything that comes naturally to them, such as roaming, foraging, and caring for their babies.
Short, Miserable Lives for Pigs and Chickens
The stress and frustration of extreme confinement can drive pigs to engage in aggressive behaviour such as tail-biting. As a result, farmers routinely cut off pigs’ tails and clip or grind down their sensitive teeth, often without painkillers. Despite being naturally clean animals, they’ll be forced to stand in their own waste inside filthy sheds. In 2022, the farm in question – Feltwell Farm, which is owned by Wayland Farms – was suspended from the “RSPCA Assured” scheme after drone footage captured the moment that 10 to 15 pigs were herded into makeshift pens and cruelly shot. The Ecotricity footage shows the pigs writhing and convulsing on the ground. These animals are not treated like living, feeling beings with needs and desires – they are merely seen as commodities to exploit.
Frankenstein-esque genetic modification meant to maximise profits means chickens on intensive farms grow extremely quickly and become unnaturally large with huge, heavy upper bodies. Consequently, they suffer from severe health problems, including heart failure and difficulty breathing in the hot, acrid environment. Their young legs cannot support such an unnaturally large body, rendering many chickens unable to move within a couple of weeks. Unable to reach food or right themselves after falling on their backs, many starve.
Disease runs rampant in these filthy, cramped sheds, and many animals die. Some are left to rot among the living.
The pigs on the farm would reach “finished weight” when they’re just 24 weeks old – at which point they’d be packed onto a lorry and sent to the abattoir. At the end of this terrifying journey, pigs are typically stunned with electric tongs or suffocated with carbon dioxide in a gas chamber before their throats are slit and they’re left to bleed out.
The chickens would be collected at just 38 to 42 days old and sent to the abattoir. Many sustain broken bones from rough handling and are left to suffer on the lorries. The journey is often so horrific and arduous for the exhausted animals that over a million chickens die in transit each year. Those who survive the journey will either be gassed or face a throat-cutting machine before being plunged into scalding water.
Cranswick plc, a UK food producer, owns the companies behind the monstrous plans – Crown Chicken Ltd and Wayland Farms Ltd. The food giant has previously sparked controversy in the media with cases of cruelty to animals and environmental destruction.
In addition to murdering millions of animals, Cranswick caused an environmental disaster and was fined £75,000 after it released polluted liquid into a Norfolk brook. Mega-farms – like those proposed – emit massive amounts of pollutants into waterways, soil, and the air every year.
The foul smells and noise coming from Cranswick abattoirs and farms have turned local lives upside-down. Despite endless complaints from appalled residents, the company has done nothing to mitigate the issues. Cranswick has also caused heartbreak by evicting 11 families from their homes with two-month notice periods in 2022.
These immoral plans must be stopped. Please help spare millions of animals a miserable life and terrifying death by opposing these farms. Add your name to our petition today: