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Say No to New Slaughterhouse On Long Island!

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Say No to New Slaughterhouse On Long Island!

Suffolk County is considering a plan to build a new, large slaughterhouse in Yaphank, NY.

In LI Newsday’s Jan 27th article “Suffolk Slaughterhouse Drive”, it is noted that Suffolk officials are trying to “boost” the livestock industry by seeking an operator for a county-owned slaughterhouse in Yaphank. This proposal makes no sense for the millions of us who live on an island with delicate waters to the north and south, where the water we drink sits below our soil, and where we already have a major challenge with wastes that come from animals -- human animals. We used to have a duck farming industry on LI that wreaked havoc on our valuable waters. The livestock industry is truly among the most water intensive and the most damaging industries to waterways and groundwater in this country. Waste is something we don't need more of on LI.

And regardless of how they're raised (grassfed, etc.), livestock are a major contributor to climate change, with the global livestock industry responsible for more climate change emissions than all forms of transportation combined. A major UN FAO report stated that “The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." They go on to say that this industry is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

There are few ideas that are worse than encouraging a livestock industry on Long Island.

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