Here at the Compassion offices, we are celebrating being shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year in the Observer Ethical Awards 2011. The nomination is for our Cows Belong in Fields campaign.
The shortlist was announced on 5 May 2011 and we were thrilled to learn that once again our supporters had rallied behind us and cast enough votes to bring national media recognition to our campaign against the Nocton mega-dairy.
The Nocton campaign ended on 16 February 2011 when, after more than a year of campaigning, we were delighted to learn that the proprietors of Nocton Dairies had voluntarily withdrawn their application for a 3,700 cow mega-dairy at Nocton, Lincolnshire. It was a decisive win for everyone who wants to keep factory farming of dairy cows out of the UK.
Although the Nocton Dairies campaign has ended, Compassion continues its fight against mega-dairies in the UK. We recently submitted our objection to the proposed 1,000-cow mega-dairy in Powys, Wales.
Nocton campaign manager Pat Thomas comments: "It is, of course, an honour to be nominated and to know that our supporters felt strongly enough about the campaign to take the time to vote for us. Even getting nominated is an important acknowledgement for the campaign, for our supporters and for everyone in the UK who believes that factory farming is cruel, unsustainable and unacceptable."
The Cow's Belong in Fields campaign worked hand in hand with the local Lincolnshire campaign group CAFFO (Campaign Against Factory Farming Operations).
Compassion has always acknowledged the importance of this mutually supportive relationship in building a successful and hard hitting campaign. Should we win, our plan is to share the award with CAFFO in recognition of their role in helping to make our campaign a success and in helping to keep cows where they belong - in fields.
You can read more about the awards and see the full shortlist here.
If you'd like to help keep cows in fields please donate today. Your donation could help end all forms of farm animal cruelty and help us stop factory farming in its tracks. We receive no government funding so rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to prevent cruelty to farm animals all over the world.