Over 50 UK MPs joined Compassion in World Farming on 26th October 2010 to learn more about the threat of 'mega-dairies' entering the UK.
The proposed construction of the UK's largest dairy farm poses a giant threat to animal welfare and all those who believe that humane and sustainable farming is the only viable way to feed our planet.
This Westminster event, organised by Compassion in World Farming and WSPA and hosted by Austin Mitchell MP, underlined the strength of feeling against the proposal to build an 8,100 dairy cow unit in Lincolnshire, England, where the animals will be housed indoors for much, if not all the time.
MP Support for our campaign
Throughout the evening, MPs were asked:
- To sign an Early Day Motion supporting the aims of Compassion's 'Cows Belong in Fields' campaign
- To highlight the animal welfare concerns raised by Nocton's proposed mega-dairy to DEFRA's Minister Jim Paice
- To support the Sustainable Livestock Bill which promotes sustainable farming and is being introduced to Parliament by Robert Flello MP . Friends of the Earth, who are championing the Bill, were present at the mega dairy briefing to provide further information and encourage MPs to be at the second hearing.
Compassion patrons and high profile supporters also attended the event to show their support for the 'Cows belong in fields' campaign. These included Alexandra Bastedo, Sir Crispin Tickell, Zac Goldsmith MP, Marc Abraham and Nathalie Cox.