Stop Factory Farm Pollution in North Carolina

Factory farming is terribly inhumane to the poor animals involved. But people are suffering from factory farms, too. Care2′s Chris Wolverton has launched a petition drive to focus attention on how sick factory farms are making people who live in North Carolina. His aim is to get the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to regulate the state’s factory farms to “prevent adverse effects on citizens’ health and quality of life.”

According to Wolverton, “pollution and odors from industrial farms pose considerable health risks and decrease the quality of life for those who live nearby.”

Bodily waste from millions of swine is stored in giant cesspools, then sprayed onto nearby fields where nitrates, harmful bacteria and parasites seep into the water supply. As a result, nearby residents are suffering from high blood pressure, runny noses and eyes, bronchitis and asthma. “This is to say nothing of the wretched stench they must endure constantly,” notes Wolverton.

In addition, these factory farms are violating the civil rights of people who live nearby, Wolverton contends. “Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans are disproportionately affected,” as is anyone who is low income and lives near a factory farm.

In his petition, Wolverton urges the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to “regulate the state’s factory farms to prevent adverse effects on citizens’ health and quality of life.” You can sign the petition here.

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Helene Szczepaniak


Helene Szczepaniak

Signée (54.217)

Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

signed with hope

Veronique C.
Veronique C3 years ago

Pétition signée

Krista Slavin
Krista Slavin4 years ago

Signed already. What a sad way to make these animals live!

ERIKA S4 years ago

already signed

Maria Reis
Past Member 4 years ago

Signed. Thanks.

mari s.
Mari S4 years ago

Think how these animals must suffer -- 24/7 -- they suffer so YOU can have your food product, AND no one even blinks an eye -- if you must eat animal products BUY YOUR products FROM FARMS WHO TREAT THEIR ANIMALS PROPERLY FROM BIRTH ONWARD! e.g., google "HFAC "/ also, look for label, "CERTIFIED HUMANE Raised & Handled"

Judith C.
Judith C4 years ago

Petition is signed

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

When I read about 'cess-pools', I think not only about awful factory farms, but also huge tailing ponds on mining sites and those that pollute surrounding areas at the Alberta Oil Sands.... Regulations are so slack and no checking is done by those authorities who are responsible for protecting the air and soil from pollution.

Factory farms could easily sell some of the excess product to fertilizer companies.