Compassion in World Farming would like to thank all of its supporters for helping us to raise much more than our hoped for £3,000 to place adverts on buses in Lincolnshire encouraging the communities surrounding Nocton Heath to oppose proposals for a 'mega-dairy.'
On Wednesday 27th October, one of the local buses, carrying the messages 'Cows Belong in Fields' and 'Say No to the Mega-Dairy' travelled to Potterhanworth (near Nocton) where it was met by five local children from the village.
In support of Compassion's Cows Belong in Fields campaign, we also asked the children to draw their own images of where they think cows should live.
Pat Thomas, Nocton Campaign Manager, Compassion in World Farming, said:
"Every child knows that cows belong in fields and the children's wonderful drawings illustrate this fact.
"Hundreds of local residents objected to the initial plans for a 'mega-dairy' earlier this year, but now that a re-submission of the plans by Nocton Dairies Ltd is imminent, Compassion is encouraging the local communities to, once again, do all they can to contest this unwanted factory farm.
"If this huge dairy gets the go-ahead, there would be more cows kept indoors for most of their lives than the total number of inhabitants from Nocton and Dunston put together. It would also open the floodgates for similar massive factory farms all over the UK."
Ellie, age 11, from Nocton Primary School, said:
"Cows that live in fields are happier cows. I enjoy having milk on my cereal but I wouldn't like to have milk from a mega-dairy."
Cameron, age 11, from Potterhanworth Primary School, said:
"Cows are happier eating grass. It's better for them and their milk tastes better too. I don't want a mega-dairy near my home."