Update—November 10: Thank you, Oregon, for speaking up! The October 23 deadline for comments has passed. The public overwhelmingly supported the petition’s goal of creating a program to control and reduce mega-dairy air emissions in Oregon; 95% of the over 1,600 public comments received strongly supported the petition.
Despite its support, on November 9, Oregon commissioners voted to dismiss the rulemaking, citing a lack of state funding and resources and pending further study of toxic air emissions from factory farms.
Our work continues; we now turn to the Oregon Legislature to support a moratorium on the construction or expansion of new factory farms in 2023. Stay tuned for ways to get involved!
Over the last two decades, Oregon has seen a sharp increase in large industrial farms, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or factory farms. In addition to cruelly crowding thousands of animals in unnatural, harsh conditions, these operations emit vast quantities of air pollution, damaging the environment, exacerbating climate change and jeopardizing the health and wellbeing of farmed animals, employees and people living in and around the community.
Recently, the ASPCA collaborated with 22 organizations to file a petition with the state's government, demanding that it take immediate action to address dangerous pollution emitted by mega-dairies across Oregon.