Oppose the application for rezoning property to create a 5,600 CAFO hog farm on Smoke Rd. and 150 South in Porter County, Indiana
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The CAFO application that has been filed by the Sands family on Smoke Rd. and 150 South in Valparaiso will lower the property values of 100's of homes. "In Iowa, one 1996 study found that proximity to a hog CAFO decreased neighboring property values in the following order: 40% within ½ mile; 30% within 1 mile; 20% within 1.5 miles, and; 10% within 2 miles.
~ William J. Weida, The CAFO: Implications for Rural Economies in the U.S. 1 (Colo. College & GRACE Factory Farm Project 2004) (citing Padgett & Johnson). Valparaiso is growing in population and a farm like this will limit the ability of development as not many people prefer to live near CAFO hog farms. (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/1878326.html) Therefore, the Planning Commission should deny the request.
In addition, there is environmental dangers to the water supply of Porter County residents that use well water. "The recent growth of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) presents a greater risk to water quality because of both the increased volume of waste and to contaminants that may be present (e.g., antibiotics and other veterinary drugs) that may have both environmental and public health importance." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1817674/)
CAFOs have the potential to be cruel to animals by confining them in cages where they never see the light of day. Yes, this is a matter of opinion to some and fact to others. (http://www.mspca.org/programs/animal-protection-legislation/animal-welfare/farm-animal-welfare/factory-farming/pigs/pigs-on-a-factory-farm.html)
Other research points to additional costs of large-scale animal production to community resources: impacts on tourism and recreation due to livestock odors (McMillan & Schulman 2001); deterioration of bridges and hard surface roads (Constance 2000); and significant changes in rural landscapes and the number and condition of farm sites (Bowen 2000). http://cph.uiowa.edu/ehsrc/CAFOstudy/CAFO_7.pdf
In addition to signing this petition please write letters to the Porter County Planning Commission at: 155 Indiana Ave. Suite 311 Valparaiso, IN 46383 or email the director, Bob Thompson, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please show up May 27th at 5:30 PM at the Porter County Administration Center (155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso), Room 205 to oppose this poorly planned farm expansion.
ATTN: The May 27th meeting location has been changed to the Porter County Expo Center at: 215 Division Rd Valparaiso, IN 46383
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