West Virginians deserve the right to keep our families safe from the environmental and public health risks posed by big agri-Business. So called ‘Right to Farm’ laws limit the ability of states to regulate conditions on factory farms and curb citizen’s right to sue when their water quality, air quality, or quality of life is threatened. Our community cares about animal cruelty and deserves to legally voice our concerns when factory farms cause animal suffering, threatens our children’s health, pollutes our rivers and brings down our property values.
This “Right to Farm” legislation is a badly hidden attempt to discourage communities from seeking damages from industrial farms that negatively affect our people. It does not help local farmers, but actually harms farms that promote responsible practices. This legislation will greatly limit the amount of damages that affected communities can recover from ill-conceived and dangerous industrial farming practices. I have called my representatives and urged them to defeat this bill. Now I am writing to urge Gov. Jim Justice to oppose this dangerous legislation. Justice should veto this hazardous bill.