PETA opposes pig farm

A petition to prevent the development of a major pig factory farm in Limavady, Londonderry, has received backing from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The online petition, described as “barbaric”, has so far collected more than 2,000 signatures.

Available on, it urges the public to say ‘NO’, claiming: “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.”

Actor Peter Egan, known for his role in Downton Abbey, also took to Facebook to support the opposition.

'Pigs like all animals are sentient, truly aware... Pigs are more intelligent than either your cat or dog, they are...

Posted by Peter Egan on Saturday, 25 July 2015

Although the project is still in its application stages, PETA is calling for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to reject the request, which would see 20,000 pigs confined in an unnatural habitat.

“At a time when our society is moving away from breeding, killing and consuming animals and is learning more about the diversity, abilities and emotions of other species, creating a new industrial farm would be a step in the wrong direction,” said PETA UK director Mimi Bekhechi.

“Strictly from the standpoint of human interests, intensive pig farms have a devastating impact on the environment and the local area, causing noise, pollution and carbon-dioxide emissions. Two proposed slurry lagoons (or lakes of faeces) would be a health hazard as well as a danger to the public. We support local residents who are rallying to stop this monstrosity from being built.”

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