2021년 12월 09일 목요일
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Spanish countryside rises up against 'pig factories'

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-11-21 03:35

A protestor wearing a pig mask holds a sign reading "Stop macrofarms" during a demonstration called by the "Pueblos Vivos Cuenca" association to denounce the permits for new intensive livestock farms and to demand extensive, social and environmental sustainable livestock farming, in Cuenca, on Nov 14, 2021. (Photo by=AFP/Oscar Del Pozo)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] CUENCA, Spain: "That's not a farm, it's a factory ... a pig factory," says Antonio Escribano as he stares at a huge metal frame in the middle of a field in Spain. The 58-year-old local winemaker has for months been battling the planned opening of a large pig farm that will breed almost 40,000 piglets a year from 2,200 sows less than 3km from his town of Quintanar del Rey, in the central province of Cuenca, AFP reported.

Locals fear the pollution from pig manure, bad smells, and flies, which they say the project will bring and have staged regular protests against it. The farm is just 350m from the wells that provide the town with about 7,000 residents with fresh water. In response to the protests, local authorities have suspended work on the farm while they re-evaluate the project's environmental impact. Some locals are pushing for the project by Spanish firm Jisap, which already owns 480 pig farms in Spain, to be shuttered for good.

Over the past decade, mega-farms that produce livestock with the efficiency of auto assembly lines inside warehouse-like barns have multiplied across Spain, sparking opposition from local residents. Fuelled by demand from China, Spain has become the European Union's top pork producer.


 

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