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Polluting Pigs Hit With Big Penalty

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  • Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has been hit with lawsuits from more than 500 North Carolina residents who say their operations and manure lagoons are harming their health and lowering property values
  • In April 2018, a federal jury ruled in the favor of area residents, awarding the plaintiffs a collective $750,000 in compensation plus another $50 million in damages; the lawsuit is the first of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown
  • In 2017, North Carolina legislators passed a law setting a cap on how much people can receive from public nuisance lawsuits; the law, which was drafted by politicians who have received donations from pork producers, will not apply to lawsuits already in progress but will significantly limit those going forward

By Dr. Mercola

People who live near industrial pig facilities, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are bombarded with noxious smells, polluted air, and water and noise, to say nothing of their plummeting property values. The industries running these facilities often get off scot-free, destroying families' lives and finances while padding their own pockets.


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