Object to animal factories

Object to the introduction of huge animal factories into the UK

If you don’t want to see massive US scale pig factories entering the UK, then please object to the planning proposals so they are not built. Many smaller and higher welfare farmers will be unable to compete with pork from such mega farms, as is outlined in the Soil Association and WSPA report, Old MacDonald had a farm. If you are being effected by an existing factory farm or want to campaign against a new planning application, see our campaigning toolkit for some immediate steps you can take.

Known pig factory planning proposals
If you know of any large-scale, intensive factory pig farm proposals that we are not aware of, please get in touch.

21,352 pig factory application near Limavady, Derry
Status 17.08.17 – urgent action needed


The planning application (B/2015/0005/F) for a 20,000+ pig factory in Northern Ireland constitutes a major risk to both human and animal well being, as well as a serious threat to the local environment.

Plans include five buildings with up to 7,114 pigs in the largest building and up to 3,557 in the four other buildings. The application also includes two slurry stores, and it is anticipated that slurry will be landspread onto third party land or fed into anaerobic digesters. Landspreading of slurry poses serious health and environmental risks and it has been found that anaerobic digesters do not destroy all bacterial pathogens, such as salmonella, listeria, E. coli and campylobacter.

Local resident, James Chissel, says:

The smell, noise and constant traffic created by this plant will permanently damage our community, threaten the health of our children and have a long lasting effect on our beautiful countryside setting, it MUST be stopped.

If given the go ahead, this pig factory will set a dangerous precedent for the future of intensive pig farming in the UK. Help us stop Limavady pig factory by objecting now.

15,120 pig factory application near Newtownabbey, County Antrim
Status 23.11.16 – Planning permission granted



Hall’s Pig Farms have been given permission to build a 15,000-pig animal factory in Northern Ireland. Once built, this will be one of the largest animal factories in the UK.

The plans include an anaerobic digester for treating slurry and a lagoon for holding processed waste. Hall’s currently supplies Sainsbury’s and is part of its Pork Development Group.

Local residents are concerned about the impacts of the proposed development on human health and the environment.

Campaign spokesperson Norman Kerr says:

“We are seriously concerned about the impact the proposed farm will have on the area. That many pigs will need a lot of feeding and produce a lot of waste, not to mention all the other risks associated with mass production farming. There’s also the very real risk of waste leaking into local waterways and polluting the environment, and the extra traffic this farm will bring to a quiet, rural area. The size and scale of this proposal is way beyond farming!”

Concerns about environmental issues with the proposed pig factory are not unfounded. In June 2012, Derek Hall of Hall’s Pig Farms (the site developer) was fined £500 at Belfast Magistrates Court “for making a polluting discharge to a waterway and…for contravention of a Pollution Prevention and Control permit condition”.

The Soil Association, Friends of Earth and Farms Not Factories have written a joint objection. Read it here.

25,000 pig factory application near Foston, Derbyshire
Status 17.08.15: Plans rejected by the Environment Agency – Appeal lodged



*Midland Pig Producers have appealed the Environment Agencies rejection of these plans. The appeal can be found here.

Midland Pig Producers’ plans for a giant 25,000 pig factory near Foston, Derbyshire have been rejected by The Environment Agency on the grounds of health risks from excessive odour to local residents and to the workers and 300 inmates of the women’s prison 150 meters from the planned site.

The agency added that the risk of contamination of both groundwater and surface streams was ‘unacceptable‘. They also cited negative impacts on designated local wildlife sites and possible breach of residents’ rights under the European Convention on Human rights. (Midland Pig Producers officially withdrew their application for the pig farm on 17 March 2015)

There was a sigh of relief from the local residents who almost unanimously oppose the project and have battled for 4 years to prevent the very real threats to their health and environment. A District Councillor called the plans ‘obnoxious‘ and said it was not a farm but an industrial development.

This is fantastic news for the future of farming in the UK. It is a rejection of factory pig farming that will resound across the world. As the UK’s largest indoor animal factory, it would have undermined smaller scale farmers who are trying to raise their standards not cram ever more pigs in to their sheds to compete with low welfare UK pork producers as well as cheap imports.

We want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who supported this campaign by signing and sharing our online petition (34,000+ signatures) and writing to local MPs.

Now take the next step – We can all help bring an end to factory pig farming by buying only high welfare pork (or going meat-free) – Look for supermarket labels Freedom Food, outdoor bred, free range or organic. Please encourage your friends to sign the Pig Pledge and get your local high welfare producers to sign up to our High Welfare Directory.