Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Manitoba's Hog Facility Moratorium

Squeals of protest

Too much pig poop and nowhere to put it.

It's a lot more complicated than that, but that is a basic issue at the heart of Bill 17, a highly controversial law proposed by the Manitoba government, and one that has prompted more than 400 people to sign up to give a committee of MLAs a piece of their mind. The parade of presenters began Friday and won't finish before sometime this summer.

Bill 17, which the NDP government says is designed to protect water from nutrients that leach out of pig manure, would permanently prevent hog producers in 35 Manitoba rural municipalities from expanding their barns or manure storage facilities. Read More

Attacks on the hog industry don’t just happen in the United States. Hog producers in Manitoba are having their livelihoods threatened by the proposed moratorium on expansion in the region. This could seriously jeopardize the ability of these operations to continue if the next generation isn’t allowed to expand their facilities.

1 comment:

lightninboy said...

I thought Manitoba hog farms used a lot of hoop barns and straw bedding, but this moratorium is about lagoon manure, isn't it?