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I have a new blog post: How Tyson Foods is Threatening Kansas -- explaining the bigger picture of what is going on!
Say, "NO" to Tyson in Tonganoxie, KS!
The city of Tonganoxie and County of Levenworth Ks have been discussing --in secret since June, the Tyson Food company's plans to expand in Kansas. Lured by the promise of 1500 jobs, and economic growth, Tonganoxie government appears to already be on board and are encouraging local farmers to look into being, "growers" for Tyson with a link to do this right from the city's website! Obviously Tonganoxie officials know little about the many harms Tyson facilities have on the surrounding community. Please encourage your elected officials to read the articles to the right!
Not in ANYONE'S Backyard!
No one wants to live by an animal factory with its terrible odors that can travel for miles, making neighbors unable to open windows, and drawing flies and rodents. Chickens stressed from crowding, harbor diseases like salmonella, and campylobactor, and provide the perfect environment to incubate strains of bird flu, giving them opportunity to evolve into more pathogenic forms or strains that might be better adapted to infect humans. Chickens are routinely fed arsenic to control parasites, then their poop, loaded with arsenic, (and other chemicals being used) is spread on local farm land and leaches into ground water and wells, contaminating them with fecal bacteria and chemicals. Poultry processing plants have atrocious safety records, and employees suffer greatly from injuries, and emotional trauma from horrific, violent working conditions. a criminologist at the University of Windsor, has demonstrated a causative correlation between the presence of a slaughterhouse in a neighborhood and an increase in the local crime rate. What good is economic growth when it comes along with so many different aspects that undermine quality of life? The parts of Kansas, that do not currently have animal factories are nice places to live. Let's keep them that way.
The Short Term Solution...
We all join forces and lobby Leavenworth County commissioners to not change the rural residential zoning to industrial (where Tyson plans to build.) We make a case to the city and county that taxpayers do NOT want to subsidize Tyson. We oppose the 80% tax abatement, the 500 million dollars of revenue bonds, and the millions of dollars in loans for new infrastructure -- all to be financed by taxpayers to benefit Tyson. This project is not a done deal...even though some of our public servants probably think it is.
Here is a listing of upcoming public board meetings/events. PLEASE show up to as many as you can and hold officials accountable!
The Long Term Solution...
Have you noticed how many new, chicken restaurants have been opening up around town? Consumer demand for chicken is what is behind Tyson's attempts to build this slaughterhouse and processing facility. If you wouldn't want this type of operation in your back yard, then consider that every time someone buys or eats meat, dairy, eggs or fish, they are providing economic incentive for violent, polluting, industries to set up in someone's back yard. And buying, "Pasture Raised" is not the solution -- there simply is not enough agricultural land to meet the US current demand for meat/dairy/eggs using only Pasture raised animals. That's WHY these animal factories have been so successful! The most effective long term solution is for most of us to go vegan now! (Click on the links below to find more information.) It's easier than ever before, and reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many cancers! But perhaps most importantly -- veganism is NON-VIOLENCE in action. Today in America there is simply no reason to intentionally kill other beings who want just as much as us to live. I have written HERE about why being vegan is the single most important thing we can do to create a more just and less violent world.
The links below are more general to the industry and less specificly about Tyson. While the Column on the right hand side are mostly more specific to Tyson.
150+ Resources to Share
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