West Virginia, “Right to Farm” Is Really Right to Harm!
Update—April 17, 2019: Bad news, advocates. Gov. Jim Justice has signed S.B. 393 into law. We want to thank everyone who spoke out on this important issue and we hope you will stand besides us as we work to defeat legislation in the future that harms West Virginia's people and animals.
Legislation that includes harmful language that protects the interests of “Big Ag” over the rights of your state's people and animals has passed both the state House and Senate.
As awareness of the devastating environmental impact of industrial farming grows, communities concerned about their health and wellbeing have taken action to combat these effects. Rather than reform their destructive practices, corporate agribusiness is responding by pushing "Right to Farm" laws.
These laws can prohibit local governments from enacting tougher agricultural standards and restrict the ability of citizens dispute changes to agricultural operations—even if an operation has expanded significantly or is employing practices that have serious impacts on air, water and overall quality of life for nearby communities.
If H.B. 2774/S.B. 393 is signed into law, factory farms would be able to expand even further without ever having to consider the impacts these changes would have on the communities around them. The proposed law even prevents residents from recouping damages caused by industrial farms.
The state should not allow factory farms to expand with total disregard for the wellbeing and health of local communities. Your voice of opposition will be crucial in stopping this bill from moving forward.