For Immediate Release:

15 May 2020

Over 8,000 People Agree: Hilltops Council Should Block Piggery Proposal

Harden – As the 18 May deadline for public submissions nears, residents of Harden and Murrumburrah in New South Wales have joined PETA and other organisations in expressing grave concerns over plans for an intensive piggery submitted to Hilltops Council. If approved, the facility will imprison more than 25,000 pigs, most of whom will ultimately be slaughtered before they’re 6 months old.

A PETA petition opposing the move has already garnered over 8,000 signatures from locals and concerned Australians nationwide urging the council to reject the plans on the grounds of water use, impact on air quality, noise pollution, and animal welfare concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on an enormous scale, the proposed farm would be built in a groundwater zone, with pig sheds and manure ponds located adjacent to an ecologically sensitive creek system, risking contamination of the groundwater.

“Thousands of compassionate people have already spoken, and Hilltops Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare, the environment, and the health of the community,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Building a piggery at a time when Australians are increasingly taking steps towards eating vegan – during a pandemic born out of animal use – isn’t a smart long-term investment for Harden or the state as a whole. Compassion and logic must prevail, before it’s too late.”

Pigs reared for meat on factory farms spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant stress of intensive confinement.

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