New Organization Seeks to Eradicate Factory Farms

| 5/8/2009 5:51:35 PM

Tags: industrial agriculture, livestock welfare, agricultural policy, human and environmental health,

New Swine Flu


Look out filthy, disease-ridden factory farms: There’s a new kid in town. An organization has surfaced to restore law and order, Wyatt Earp/Dodge City-style. 

The Center to Expose and Close Animal Factories (CECAF) was launched April 30, with the objective to “achieve safe, sensible, and sustainable farming and ranching in America through policy development, public education, corporate pressure, community forums and advocacy partnerships.” The launch of this group couldn’t be more appropriate, considering that a Smithfield Foods swine operation is rumored to be ground zero in the recent H1N1 swine flu outbreak. 

Attorneys and co-founders Charlie Speer and Richard Middleton plan to use the experience they gained from the more than 300 lawsuits they helped bring against industrial agriculture giants to mobilize communities in opposition of factory farms, which it says endangers the health of both humans and the environment. With an armory of regulatory, legal and legislative tools, CECAF is on a mission to end the inhumane and dangerous practices of confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.   

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5/16/2009 9:21:04 AM

I love the operative word in the first paragraph of MC's comment. FORCE. I for one am one of those people who will not let you use FORCE. Feel free to eat what you want. I will be free to eat what I want. You may hold the 'Normals' with contempt, that's OK, I hold you and your kind the same way. The nanny state and socialism state utopia you live in has failed all over the world. Get over it and grow up. And yes your soul is little. Ken

5/15/2009 7:29:22 AM

Anyone who has actually looked into the background and the TRUE origin of H1N1 will know that it is a man made virus. A couple of months ago, Baxter Pharmaceuticals "accidentally" mixed avian flu H5N1 with the current flu vaccine they were sending out. US mainstream media didn't talk about this much. Bottom line, when they mix, the Avian flu, which was previously not transferable human-to-human, is now transferable as well as can now mutate into something different. The swine flu was determined to be a combination of 3 different strains into one. The ONLY way that this is possible is if man put it together. So while this new organization may be helpful and use the swine flu as a kick off point, I think I want to see just what they are planning before assuming it is a good thing.

5/10/2009 8:23:13 AM

Exactly my point.

5/10/2009 2:02:34 AM

Yes it would be nice to see animals treated humanely everywhere. They are more happy and a happy critter is a tasty critter. And as for NAIS; it is still a terrible idea.

5/9/2009 7:27:56 PM

Put another way, we're winning. Slowly, maddeningly slowly, maybe even too slowly. But we are winning. Don't scr*w it up now. I understand the impatience. I understand the anger. I understand the fear. I'm impatient and angry and afraid too. Every time I look at my kids, I get more impatient, more angry, and more afraid. But for their sake, don't be so eager to eradicate the enemy that we end up in a blind bullcharge that costs us the war. Again. How many times can we afford to have to pull back, regroup, and start over???? How many more episodes of Ronnie Reagan ripping the solar panels off the roof and turning the garden back into lawn can we sustain???? "Sustainability" is not just another word for "environmentalism." It's not just about what the Earth can "sustain." It's also about what the stupid human populace is willing to do-- about building something the Earth can take that they are willing and able to "sustain" over the long term.

5/9/2009 7:20:44 PM

I've got one question. What exactly do we think of NAIS again????

5/9/2009 7:19:48 PM

You know, I'd love to see the AgriCorp replaced by the AgriCoOp. I'd be thrilled to see Norman and Norma Normal forced to buy their meat from small, local farmers because there is no other choice. In turn, small, local farmers would be forced to keep their livestock in basically clean, reasonably humane conditions. They'd be out there where everyone had to look at it; besides, selling a sh*tty product to your neighbors shortly leaves you with no business and angry neighbors. It would thrill my little soul. There's just one problem with it. Norman and Norma Normal have made their choices in such a way that they're dependent on AgriCorp, and it's crappy practices, in order to put meat (and, for that matter, food) on the table. To paraphrase William Pierce (who may have been a bigot, but a very observant bigot): You can deprive the average American of his liberty, and he won't care. But if you infringe on his right to a steak dinner, he's going to get p*ss*d. You may not care if the Normals get p*ss*d. You may, in fact, hold that attitude in a great deal of contempt. I do. But that doesn't change the fact of its existence. That doesn't change the fact that, if those of us with two brain cells to rub together push the stupid masses too far too fast, they're going to stop being willing to move at all. If they feel too threatened, they'll stop tolerating us crazy granola greenies and our ways at all. There are still those who call out for such a thing. I heard them on AFR just the other day, driving down New Hope Road, past all the megachurches and McMansions, surrounded by SUVs. They don't get a whole lot of creedence these days except among far-right Christian fundies (and Bildeberg theorists). But a populace that's afraid for its dinner would be more inclined to listen. Raise consciousness???? Great idea. Try to legislate them out of existence???? Well, I've g

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