April 21, 2014 1

Action Alert

Posted in Uncategorized

Help animals on factory farms and save the planet

Image courtesy Mercy For Animals

Image courtesy Mercy For Animals

Washington dairy farms alone produce 20 million pounds of waste each day. This massive amount of waste is currently not regulated by any outside agencies, and everyday it seeps into our groundwater or enters streams directly through runoff. The disposal and storage methods used by the dairy and meat industries are incredibly destructive to our environment, dangerous to human health, and damaging to domestic and wild animals. The crushing reality for the animals raised on these farms is nothing short of horrific. Because they are seen as nothing more than a commodity they often spend their entire lives standing in several inches of their own waste. We know that as an animal lover you agree that this is not acceptable. Help us put an end this horrific treatment of animals and take the necessary steps to improve the future of planet earth. Please take action today to help us save countless lives!

How To Help

Please contact Governor Inslee today and ask him to require the Department of Ecology to issue new State Waste Discharge General Permits for factory farms.

Call Governor Inslee at 360.902.4111 or copy and paste the following suggested email into the Governor’s contact us form. (To make even more an impact please consider drafting a letter in your own unique words.)

Dear Governor Inslee, 

Please direct the Washington Department of Ecology to issue a strong National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) and State Waste Discharge General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (“CAFOs”) that do business in the State of Washington.  The current CAFO General Permit was issued in 2006 and expired July 21, 2011. No new permit has been issued. It is imperative that the Department of Ecology issue a permit that contains the following requirements: (1) universal coverage for all medium and large CAFOs; (2) mandatory surface and groundwater monitoring; and (3) implementation of best waste management practices.

I sincerely hope that you take this request seriously and act swiftly. Issuing a new CAFO General Permit will not only bring us into compliance with the law, but in addition it will:

  • Be a small step toward improved conditions for farmed animals who currently spend their entire lives in their own waste.
  • Be a significant step toward improvements in our groundwater and freshwater streams.
  • Be a significant step toward mitigating human health hazards created by the situation as it now stands.

Please act now, Governor Inslee, and help to guide our state to becoming a national leader in environmental and animal welfare policy.

The Problem

Washington Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs / Factory Farms) dispose of animal waste in ways that have devastating effects on our ground water, streams and oceans. The Department of Ecology regulates this practice through a permit system REQUIRED by the federal Clean Water Act and the Washington Water Pollution Control Act. However, the current permit system expired in 2011 and it has serious flaws, including covering only 12 of the 1183 CAFOs in Washington.

The Solution

The Department of Ecology needs to issue a new CAFO permit that contains:

  1. Required coverage for 100% of medium and large CAFOs/Factory Farms.
  2. Mandatory surface and groundwater monitoring.
  3. Implementation of the best waste management practices.

We believe the Department of Ecology is open to this; however they are well aware of the immense power of the animal agriculture industries. They need the influence of a directive from Governor Inslee in order to make this happen.

For more information, please see the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club’s summary of the environmental effects of CAFOs: http://michigan.sierraclub.org/issues/greatlakes/articles/cafofacts.html.

To learn more about the massive environmental damage caused by factory farms watch this short trailer from the groundbreaking documentary “Cowspiracy“.

Thank you for everything you do to help the animals at Pasado’s and around the world!

Read More:

3 ways you can help the animals ... right now.

  1. Help us spread awareness by sharing this story on Facebook.
  2. Fuel the conversation by leaving a comment below.
  3. Make a small donation online in two minutes.
  • Kim

    Thanks for setting this up so that it was very easy for me to contact Gov Inslee — done.