Swimming Offered at North Carolina Pig Farm

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[WARSAW, NORTH CAROLINA] In a surprise decision by North Carolina officials, the 2016 Summer Tourism Season is starting with an unusual splash. According to a recent press release, many rural areas of the state will now be offering recreational swimming in, what are known as, waste contamination pools associated with the abundant pig farming in these communities.

“We’re looking at budget cuts this year and, since these pools are in every county anyway, we decided to open them to the public,” said Derrick VanderPool, Director of North Carolina’s Parks and Recreations. “The members of these communities are already immune to the adverse health effects associated with waste contamination pools so we decided this was the next logical step.” VanderPool added, “Swimmers also enjoy complimentary fresh bacon and pork rinds with every parking lot validation.”

In a related CivilEats feature, last fall, Ann Edmondson, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Pork Council, told North Carolina Health News that it doesn’t see its operations as endangering the health of nearby residents.

“More than 80 percent of North Carolina’s hog farms are owned and operated by individual farm families, almost all of whom live in close proximity to their swine or in communities where their swine operations are located,” she said, “It strains credibility to believe our hog farmers are risking the health of their own families, along with their neighbors’ health, in order to make a living.”*

North Carolina officials also cited another advantage of swimming in waste pools, “We don’t need lifeguards and that alone is saving the state upwards of $75,000 per season,” VenderPool said.

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* Amazingly, this is true.

Oklahoma Farmers Eat Drone

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[BARTLESVILLE, OK] The Greater Bartlesville Police Department is investigating claims that two Oklahoma pig farmers shot down and ate a drone being utilized by a film crew as part of an ongoing exposĂ© investigating factory farms and the health risks of “open sewage lagoons,” that surround them.

“Apparently, these two believed the drone was ‘trespassing’ and they shot it down with their .22,” said Deputy Gregory Smalls. “And once they downed the drone, they proceeded to cut it into pieces, bread it, deep fry it, and eat it.” The exact details of the report are closed at this point as the investigation is ongoing.

Drones have been used in the past to gain access to appalling conditions on factory farms. One such filmmaker made news recently for uncovering sewage lagoons in North Carolina where nearly 1,000 local residents are forming a class action suit against Smithfield Farms claiming they are contracting deadly diseases by breathing the contaminated air sprayed from these lagoons.

Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the N.C. Pork Council, said it is “alarming to see farmers who work hard every day to comply with regulations and laws operating their farms be targeted with actions like this.” Really?

The filmmaker, who also directed the documentary Speciesism, commented about the sewage lagoons by stating they are “among the most bizarre and disturbing environmental phenomena that I have ever confronted in America.” You can watch the video of Mark Devries’ footage here. In the video, the drones capture shocking aerial footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods.

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In a recent radio interview on KTOK, Oklahoma’s News Source, one of the Oklahoma pig farmers commented: “… that thing [drone] was scaring up some of our hogs and we don’t want no scared hogs. So, hell yeah, we shot it down and ate it. Tasted like chicken.”

The investigation is ongoing and details will be posted here as they become available.

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