Thursday, July 12, 2012

Humane Society tells 51 pork producers it will sue, alleging failure to report environmental violations

The Humane Society of the United States plans to sue 51 pork producers in North Carolina, Iowa and Oklahoma for alleged unreported ammonia releases. The organization said it identified the producers "after months of research," and said they release hundreds of pounds of ammonia each day. The research methods used to determine this were not revealed.

HSUS is sending letters of notice to producers affiliated with the National Pork Producers Council, which represents the U.S. pork industry, Rod Smith of Feedstuffs reports. The groups acknowledged that some producers are "attentive" to animal welfare and environmental issues, but some of the wealthiest "apparently refuse to comply" with public health laws. NPPC said HSUS is not alleging environmental harm, but paperwork violations. (Read more)

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