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US-style factory farms for cows - petition

Any day now, plans to open huge US-style factory farms for cows will be put to local councillors in Lincolnshire.

At the point the plans are handed in, the clock starts ticking: we have just days to persuade local councillors to block the proposals. The bigger the petition gets, the more chance we have of stopping the "mega-dairies" being built.

Nearly 15,000 of us have now signed the petition. But we need to make this number even bigger. If we could double the number of signatures, it would be a huge boost to our chances of winning.

The more people on the petition from all across the UK, the more likely we are to win. Please forward this email and ask your friends and family to sign the petition. They can sign by clicking here:

Animal and environment groups warn that factory farms of this sort are likely to be bad for climate change, bad for cows, and bad for other farmers. Factory farming relies on huge quantities of imported feed. To grow this feed, rainforests are chopped down, destroying wildlife and increasing climate change. [1] Keeping cows inside all year and not allowing them to eat grass could mean more risk of disease spreading. [2] Expanding industrial milk production could threaten smaller, traditional dairy farms. [3]

We know that enough people speaking up can stop these factory farms. Local protests have already led to two plans for factory farms in Lincolnshire being stalled. But the big agricultural companies behind these plans will keep on pushing. We need to keep building the pressure and make sure people power stops cow factory farming coming to the UK.

Please help our petition grow even bigger - forward this email and ask your friends to sign by clicking this link:

Thanks for getting involved,

Hannah, David, Johnny, Claire and the 38 Degrees team

[1] See for example Friends of the Earth:
[2] See for example Compassion in World Farming