West Virginia, “Right to Farm” Is Really Right to Harm!
Update—February 18, 2019: Bad news, advocates. S.B. 393 has passed the state Senate and is now in front of the House for consideration. Please help us stop this harmful bill before it becomes law—see action steps below!
Legislation in front of your state Delegate includes harmful language that protects the interests of “Big Ag” over the rights of your state's people and animals.We urgently need your help to kill this bill.
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 passes, 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.
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email your state delegate(s) and urge opposition to S.B. 393. Then, place a polite follow-up phone call to your delegate(s) with the same message of opposition. If you don’t know who represents you in the West Virginia House of Delegates, you can find your lawmakers' contact information here.
This bill could be voted at any time, so please don’t delay. Thank you, West Virginia!