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Newtownabbey residents' fears over plans for pig farm

By Colin O'Carroll

Published 06/06/2015

A plan to build the UK's largest pig farm in Newtownabbey has been met with fury by residents angry at the smell and noise 30,000 animals would cause
A plan to build the UK's largest pig farm in Newtownabbey has been met with fury by residents angry at the smell and noise 30,000 animals would cause

The Green Party has hit out at plans for a huge pig farm on the outskirts of Belfast.

Planning permission is being sought for the farm in Newtownabbey that will house up to 30,000 pigs.

Greens leader Steven Agnew said: "I have been made aware of the plans to build a massive pig farm in Newtownabbey by the concerns of local residents, who I plan to meet as a matter of urgency.

"Clearly they have concerns over smell and noise. I also have concerns over potential pollution given the amount of effluent that 30,000 pigs will produce.

"This is mass production on an industrial scale and I would like to know more about how the welfare of the pigs will be met, particularly as the farm will have a high level of mechanisation.

"Just because a livestock production enterprise meets some unclear welfare standards does not make it right.

"Indeed it could be described as a factory rather than a farm, with the pigs reduced to mere units of production in a drive to cut costs and maximise profit."

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