12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013
A NATIONAL animal welfare charity has called on people to object to plans for a poultry unit housing up to 200,000 chickens near Ledbury.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group urged action to be taken to stop Herefordshire Council granting permission for the unit at Castle Frome.
The group says the move would “condemn almost 200,000 birds to a life of misery and suffering”.
The deadline for comments on the application, made by Bill Davies of E P Davies and Son from Powys, was yesterday (Thursday).
Applicants say the plan is in response to “existing demand for UK-sourced poultry”, and that the birds would be reared for Hereford-based meat giant Cargill Meats Europe – formerly Sun Valley Foods.
A decision on whether the plan can go ahead should be made by the end of October.
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