Take Action! No Permit for Hi-Q’s CAFO in Ohio.

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Take Action! No Permit for Hi-Q’s CAFO in Ohio.

Paula Deen

Six Million chickens. 6 MILLION. Think about that.

Hi-Q Egg Products wants to build a facility in Ohio for the purpose of commercially exploiting the egg-laying capabilities of hens.  Hi-Q, owned by two men in Iowa, wish to make “liquid egg products,” for use in food service and the commercial food industries.  Basically, they want to make a profit by slaughtering animals, polluting your environment, and hiring people to do heinous work for barely a living wage.

On February 22, the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Jim Zehringer (a former poultry and fish farmer), will begin reviewing the findings of a state hearing regarding whether or not Hi-Q should be allowed permits to proceed with a 6 million hen operation.

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Fact(s):

  • Hi-Q Egg Products, LLC (based in Johnston, Iowa) is proposing the construction of a new egg laying facility at 22450 Davis Road, West Mansfield, Ohio.
  • Hi-Q Egg Products, LLC’s draft Permit to Install (PTI) is to construct 15 layer houses with 400,000 layers each, for a total design capacity of six million layers.
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This would be the state’s second largest egg producing facility.  Ohio Fresh Eggs is the largest.  Google Ohio Fresh Eggs– there isn’t any good being said about them.

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Fact:

  • These barns would be constructed as belt-battery systems with manure belts installed under each cage row that transfer the manure out of the housing barns and into separate manure storage barns.
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Chicken Farms

It is estimated that over 60% of the world’s eggs are produced in industrial systems, mostly using battery cages, like these.

Battery cages are typically the size of a file drawer and confine five to seven hens, giving each bird only 67 square inches of floor space – an area smaller than a notebook-sized piece of paper.

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Fact(s):

  • Manure storage barns on the site would store 5,000,000 cubic feet of manure.  Each of the proposed manure storage barns are considered to be fabricated structures by Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) rules and are required to have 120 days of manure storage capacity.
  • In addition to the solid manure storage structures, this draft PTI also includes the proposed installation of a lagoon treatment system for the eggwash and process wastewater generated at the facility.  This system would consist of two treatment cells, each with a capacity of approximately 3,834,387 gallons.
  • The third cell would provide secondary aeration treatment, but would also serve at the storage cell for the lagoon system. This cell would have a storage capacity of approximately 15,563,940 gallons.  The predicted annual liquid manure production (including rainfall) is 23,500,747 gallons.
  • The facility proposes to generate approximately 74,157 tons of solid manure annually.
  • All of the approximately 23.5 million gallons of egg processing wastewater generated at the facility would be managed on approximately 268 acres of cropland adjacent to the facility and owned by Hi-Q Egg Products.
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The Ohio EPA believes that water will run off the property and contaminate streams leading to Bokes Creek, which drains into the Ohio River and ultimately affects all waters.  An EPA report has found that Bokes Creek  is already contaminated with pollutants from other nearby chicken farms housing  3 million chickens.  Hi-Q claims that their facility is designed for no discharge and will not leak contaminants into streams.  Yes, we’ve all heard that one before.

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Fact:

  • A Mortality Management Plan is also required for the disposal of dead chickens. Approved methods for disposal are burying, burning, rendering or composting. Hi-Q Egg Products, LLC has selected rendering and landfilling as their methods of disposal.
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Just a moment to remind you that these are chickens we’re talking about- animals- just like your dogs and cats- just like you.  Compassion should not be limited to a being’s perceived intelligence.

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Fact:

  • An Emergency Response Plan is the last plan required by the draft PTO to ensure accidents or emergencies are handled quickly and efficiently to maintain the safety of the environment, wildlife and water supplies. In the case of a liquid spill, a contractor would be called to mobilize equipment, a dike would be built in the most logical place to contain the spill, ….  An emergency response map is contained in the draft permit, which shows areas for a temporary dike, drainage direction, ….. In case of a catastrophic mortality event, either a rendering service or a sanitary landfill would be chosen for disposal of a high volume of birds.
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Sounds pastoral doesn’t it?  Ohio, the heartland, farmers bringing food to America’s tables.

What you can do:

Ohio residents (and non-residents too, because Ohio likes visitors and would welcome those who wish to relocate) can take immediate action by contacting  Director Jim Zehringer at [email protected] to let him know that Ohio does not need, nor want, yet another factory farm imposing cruelty onto animals, polluting our environment, and endangering human health.

Also, send your comments to the ironically named Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board at [email protected]

Finally, the single most effective method to shutting down Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) is to reject the use of sentient beings as food.

Voice your opinion soon, there isn’t much time. The Director begins his review February 22, 2011.

Watch this interesting video to learn more, like why the local residents are silently opposed to the egg producing facility, for fear of being sued.

via: agri.ohio.gov
dispatchpolitics.com, April 2009
dispatchpolitics.com, December 2010

February 17th, 2011|News|

About the Author:

Charleen Angle is a lover of all the Earth's animals an all the Earth's music. Trained in the Fine Arts, she's an outspoken and compassionate 11 year vegan who will spend the rest of her life working on behalf of animals everywhere.

38 Comments

  1. MrHolise February 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  2. Mandarince February 20, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  3. tat217 February 20, 2011 at 5:19 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  4. Veganologist February 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    The best way to get thier attention is to show up with picket signs.

    • KD February 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      Veganologist, This factory farm has not been built, they have not been granted a permit to build, yet. They are appealing the decision not to grant them one. Protesters were at the hearing for the permit- watch what happened (and why they weren’t able to voice their opinions) on the short video in the post. :(

  5. Gabybars February 20, 2011 at 1:46 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  6. christiemaree February 20, 2011 at 1:20 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  7. legallyla February 20, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  8. legallyla February 20, 2011 at 1:13 am - Reply

    @YourDailyVegan STILL? with the move toward stricter regulations like CA Prop 2? the farm could be defunct in a matter of years (with luck)

    • YourDailyVegan February 20, 2011 at 4:13 am - Reply

      @legallyla Proposed farm would house 6 million chickens, battery cages, the works. It’s sickening.

      • xracecarx February 20, 2011 at 4:15 am - Reply

        @YourDailyVegan Goats Are Awesome :D

        • xracecarx February 21, 2011 at 6:27 am - Reply

          @YourDailyVegan :P

  9. JerryOD February 20, 2011 at 1:10 am - Reply

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  10. stewartalexj February 20, 2011 at 1:10 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  11. IAmPhilHarmonic February 20, 2011 at 1:10 am - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 4 days. Please! Take Action! Stop Hi-Q from building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… # …

  12. Posi216 February 20, 2011 at 12:13 am - Reply

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  13. vegan8korean February 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm - Reply

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  14. Totally_Casey February 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

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  15. Mandarince February 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

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  16. sethwebster February 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

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  18. Mandarince February 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 5 days to take action! Stand against building a new Factory Farm in Ohio! http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… #vegan

  19. greenvegansara February 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm - Reply

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  20. secondcityvegan February 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm - Reply

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  21. veganmatters February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm - Reply

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  22. CharleenAngle February 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

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  23. meghrose February 18, 2011 at 5:28 am - Reply

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  24. Gina February 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this! I retweeted and posted this to my facebook page. :)

  25. Elaine February 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Ultimately the only solution to this is a Vegan society! As long as we support these industries with our labor and consumer dollar, this will continue! I certainly hope all those speaking out – of whom I greatly appreciate – are VEGAN! If not, then I do not understand the point of any of this! Sad to not hear the word Vegan mentioned in the video. Can we now be sued for speaking up for Veganism?

    I thank KD of “The Daily Vegan” for such a clear and informative post, especially for this brilliant statement that is ultimately what we must do…”Finally, the single most effective method to shutting down Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) is to reject the use of sentient beings as food.”!!!

  26. Jeri Taira February 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Done!

  27. GodsDreamsForMe February 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    @yourdailyvegan another one?! Not acceptable! Thanks 4 the #Call2Action

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  30. Gina2009 February 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    RT @YourDailyVegan: We only have 6 days. Take Action! No Permit for Hi-Q’s CAFO in Ohio http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2011/02/17… #vegan

  31. Laura February 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Phenomenal post, factual and concise break-down. THANK YOU for spreading the word. In my opinion, this is THE most important battle for Ohioans right now, vegan or not. Personally, I plan on doing whatever it takes to stop this horrific facility from being built.

    P.S. Where’s HSUS now, huh?

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  33. Carolyn February 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Please help in stopping this, No Permit for Hi-Q’s CAFO in Ohio

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