Newtownabbey residents' fears over plans for pig farm
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."