Poll Finds N.C. Residents Don’t Want Factory Poultry Farm

A recent poll in North Carolina shows that 61 percent of voters in Nash and Wilson County would rather not have notorious polluter and chicken processor Sanderson Farms set up shop in their neighborhood.

According to a public opinion survey released today by Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, Nash and Wilson residents base their assessments on environmental reports indicating that animal waste spray fields will negatively impact the local water supply and watersheds.

“Residents are increasingly aware of this project and they don’t like it,” Con Ward, chairman of the Nash County Landowners Association, who commissioned the survey. “62 percent of voters said they would be ‘less likely’ to support the Sanderson Farms project knowing that most jobs in the facility make just $1.25 above minimum wage.”

“Voters are telling their elected officials that they don’t think it’s a fair trade to threaten the region’s environment and watersheds for a new chicken slaughterhouse project,” said Tom Jensen with Public Policy Polling. “A large number of voters don’t believe that the new jobs offset the concerns they have about the danger the new facility poses to the environment.”

In late 2009, Sanderson Farms was accused of discharging 1.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals and manure into Texas waterways. Lisa Wheeler, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, said the Sanderson Farms discharge was within the state’s permitted levels.

Unfortunately, the consequences of setting up a poultry slaughterhouse extend far beyond environmental degredation.

The NRDC reports that “runoff of chicken and hog waste from factory farms in Maryland and North Carolina is believed to have contributed to outbreaks of Pfiesteria piscicida, killing millions of fish and causing skin irritation, short-term memory loss and other cognitive problems in local people.”

“This is a bad idea. It’s a bad location. It’s a bad project,” said Ward.  “Now we know the public agrees this isn’t good for Nash County and we have quantifiable results to prove it.”

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

I wish there were some way to go backward and undo the factory farming industry and its byproducts, such as processing plants.

The people are correct -- the environmental impact will affect them and their children. Just driving by the Purdue Farms processing plants in lower DE is enough to make you vomit and eyes water. I've also often wondered, what the effect is on people's psyches, having to do cruel, inhumane work for years. Awful for them, not to mention the chickens.


Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M7 years ago


Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago


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Barbara Erdman7 years ago


Latonya W.
Latonya W7 years ago

I wish I couldve voted HELL NO

David N.
David N7 years ago

Thanks for the article. How does Sanderson Farms stay in business? I would not want them in my neighborhood.

PatriceD West
Patrice D7 years ago

We must start to stand up and say NO! to this type of "farming"! While we may be in the current minority, eventually we will become and create a MAJORITY to just SAY NO to animal cruelty! If you cannot support a vegan lifestyle, at least fight for more humane treatment of the creatures used for your animal, and their byproducts, food sources. You owe it to the sentient beings that feel fear and pain like you do...

"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light,
and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy."

"Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they are only animals." -Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), German Marxist philosopher, sociologist, and musicologist.

Kath R.
Kath P7 years ago

I hope that they're able to stop the factory farm from coming to their neighbourhood...it will send a message that this type of set up isn't wanted anywhere.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago


Helene B.
Helene B7 years ago

Factory farming are horror chambers for animals and they are the vomit sipping through the environment.