ALFA has introduced its Hog Bill again for the seventh consecutive year. It was assigned to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee. If this bill becomes law, it would virtually make it impossible for folks to protect their homes and communities from the smell, flies, and lowered quality of life that concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) such as a big hog farm would cause. This legislation limits citizens’ legal rights and puts tremendous amount of power in the hands of corporate hog farmers. The bill is entitled the “Alabama Family Farm Preservation Act,” which is most interesting because it’s neither about family farms nor their preservation. What this bill does is make it legally impossible to label those huge CAFOs as public nuisances. This bill is definitely not designed to do anything for small farms in Alabama. Instead, it’s strictly for the benefit of large corporate interests. A number of daily newspapers in the state have written strong editorials against this legislation and that’s encouraging. Without a doubt, the corporate hog bill should be defeated. If you agree, let your legislators hear from you.
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