[imgcontainer right] [img:4db9f1fc7d085.image_.jpeg] [source]R J Matson[/source] St. Louis Post-Dispatch cartoonist R. J. Matson pictures the process by which the Missouri legislature passed a bill protecting large confined animal feeding operations. [/imgcontainer]
It’s up to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now.
The Missouri legislature has passed what the Joplin Globe newspaper calls the CAFO Protection Bill (as in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). The bill would limit damages done by CAFOs to their neighbors to the appraised value of the property damaged.
So, if the lagoon of waste from a farm with, say, 200,000 hogs damages your water supply and fouls your air, the only settlement available to you is to have your property bought for its appraised value. No damages, no other compensation.
The Joplin Globe writes:
The bill limits the rights of Missouri’s farm families and landowners from protecting their property rights through the court system. It’s really the last protection family farmers have from the concentrated animal feeding operations…
This bill limits the constitutional rights of family farmers and rural landowners from protecting their property rights through the court system from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations.
It protects a minority of industrial livestock operations while taking away legal protection for the majority.
It’s a bad bill. Nixon should send it back.
Gov. Nixon has until Tuesday to sign the bill or veto it.
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