People move to — and stay in Marin — because it’s beautiful… not bloody. Lifting the ban on Marin County slaughter operations would hurt real estate values, tourism, the environment, public health and safety, residents’ abilities to enjoy their homes, and more.
That’s why people like you are uniting to protect Marin’s environment, economy, and quality of life.
Say NO to bringing slaughter operations to Marin County!
Over the past nearly 14 years, commercial animal slaughter has been banned in the county. Over the last 10 years, under the ban, Marin’s agricultural production values have nearly doubled. Farms and ranches are already doing well, and make up less than 1% of our population.Yet, there are development code amendments proposed right now that would allow animal slaughter in Marin County.
Allowing slaughter in Marin County is unnecessary and harmful.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide on this critical matter at their March 14th meeting.
The amendments have been discussed by Planning Commissioners as being “a start” that they can always “expand” later. The amendments were intentionally scaled back now in the hopes they will more easily pass, but on the table for later expansion are large scale slaughter houses and rendering plants and the inclusion of ARP districts.
Don’t let these slaughter amendments be the foot in the door. The amendments right now would allow for ranches to slaughter up to 20,000 animals annually, with no use permit requirements and only a 100 foot setback requirement, throughout A3-A60 zones.
- Slaughter operations use massive quantities of water and pollute the water, air, and soil. According to New York Times and USGS Water Science School information, it would take the average single American 60 years to consume the amount of water that just one “small-scale” facility would use in just one year to slaughter 15,000 animals.
- Slaughter operation employment has been found by the University of Windsor and Michigan State University to raise the rate of violent crimes in the community.
- Slaughter operations create noise pollution and noxious odor pollution.
- Slaughter operations can drop adjacent property values up to 88%, and nearby property values up to 26%, per The Appraisal Journal.
- Don’t be fooled by marketing words like small-scale — to be successful, experts like the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network say that there must be “significant and sustained” demand.
- Say NO to slaughter in Marin County — protect your best interests, the planet, and our beautiful communities.
Take URGENT ACTION to Protect Marin!
Learn more at our Free Community Forum on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm, held at Trek Winery, Novato.
Write and call your Board of Supervisors representative. Write the Marin IJ. Today.
Attend and speak out at the critical Marin Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 14th , 2017 at 1:30pm.