Huge intensive piggery proposed for Eulie Road, Harden NSW: 22,000 pigs over two sites
Edwina and Michael Beveridge (Blantyre Farms) currently own and operate Golden Grove Piggery and Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery in Young NSW, where an estimated 25000 pigs, including 2200 sows, are kept in cruel intensive confinement. Edwina's extended family, the Walker & Rowntree families (Windridge Farms), own other large intensive factory farm piggeries in the region including Wonga Piggery and Templemore Piggery.
Wonga piggery (Young NSW) was the site of a large fire in June 2015 which resulted in the horrific death of approximately 2500 pigs trapped in sheds and unable to escape.
On 18 December 2015, public notice confirmed that a Development Application (DA) had been lodged with Harden NSW council by Blantyre Farms. This DA is for a proposed large scale intensive factory farm (Piggery) situated on Eulie Road in Harden. The proposed multi-million dollar piggery includes 22000 pigs - breeding and growing, two sites, approx 1 km apart, and 21 sheds incorporating a methane digestive system.
This DA, if approved (post construction), involves 850-900 pigs being transported weekly (250 pigs per semi trailer), from Harden NSW to the Diamond Valley Pork slaughterhouse in Laverton, Melbourne, where they will be lowered into a carbon dioxide gas chamber. Inside this chamber they will face excruciating pain as the gas suffocates them and turns to carbonic acid in their eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, until they lose consciousness (view footage).
Footage obtained from inside Golden Grove and DHG Piggeries in 2013 clearly demonstrates the cruelty and mistreatment considered standard practice by Blantyre:
Upon finding hidden cameras in the farrowing shed, Edwina Beveridge set a trap for activists; upon their return, eight men were sent out to "hunt" them in a pursuit that lasted over 4 hours. The activists' car had been destroyed, with one window smashed in, all tyres deflated with the valves cut off, and extensive damage to the engine. Personal belongings inside the car had been rifled through, and in an interview with The Land Edwina admitted to viewing identification contained within the locked car. However, police refused to press charges, citing a "lack of evidence".
Edwina then took to harassing board members of multiple animal rights groups with frivolous legal threats.
The third public exhibition period closed at 5pm on 3 January 2017. Thank you to the thousands of compassionate people who submitted an objection.
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