At a prestigious award ceremony at London's Victoria & Albert museum, the much coveted award was presented to Compassion in World Farming Chief Executive Philip Lymbery, with Director of Public Affairs Joyce D'Silva, Compassion's Nocton Campaign Manager Pat Thomas and celebrity supporters Bill Oddie and Marc Abrahams.
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 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more than a year of campaigning, we were delighted to learn that the proprietors of Nocton Dairies had voluntarily withdrawn their application for a 3,700 cow mega-dairy at Nocton, Lincolnshire.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.
In a public vote, thousands of people voted Compassion's successful Cows Belong in Fields Campaign in the category of Campaigner of the Year over the other shortlisted candidates Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the campaign group 38 Degrees.
Upon accepting the award, Philip Lymbery said, ""This wonderful award is recognition for all the hard work that everyone has put in from our supporters, celebrities and local organisations like CAFFO (Campaign Against Factory Farming Operations) who took part in the fight against mega-dairies. We not only stopped them coming into the UK, but we showed unity for ethical food and sent out a resounding message that cows belong in fields."
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.
Campaign Manager, Pat Thomas comments: "We are immensely proud to have won this award. It is an important acknowledgement for our ongoing Cows Belong in Fields campaign, which stretches beyond just Nocton, at a time when the spectre of the factory-farming threatens to undermine the UK dairy industry. We are celebrating both the win and the public momentum behind it that says unambiguously 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 is happy 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.
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