Stop Poisoning the Environment With Raw Animal Sewage

Target: Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Goal: Stop industrial livestock operations from mismanaging toxic concentrations of manure.

Massive amounts of manure from feedlots are stored in dangerous pits and lagoons before being spread in toxic concentrations on the land. Regulations governing industrial animal waste are poor, and nutrient over-loading is a major environmental concern in Canada. Demand that the government put an end to this detrimental practice.

Intensive livestock production confines massive amounts of animals in a limited area, with up to 700,000 cattle in a 500 square kilometer area, producing more manure than the area can handle. Long term storage of this manure in lagoons causes slow leakage or massive spills that poison the surrounding land and water. Due to high transportation costs, this manure is over applied on fields close to the operations, most often being sprayed as raw sewage.

Phosphorous in particular builds up too quickly in soil treated with animal waste. Phosphorus runoff in waterways causes toxic algae blooms, yet current farming regulations ignore phosphorus when considering the environmental impact of manure contamination. Water sources are further contaminated by E. Coli and other pathogens.

Spreading large amounts of liquefied manure causes noxious odors, many of which are hazardous gases such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and nitrous oxide, and methane. Exposure to these chemicals causes respiratory issues, nerve damage, and burning of eyes, nose and throat. These gases also contribute to the acidification of local ecosystems and acid rain, as well as have significant impact on climate change.

It is time for the government to put an end to manure lagoons and the irresponsible spreading of animal waste.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Honourable Wilkinson,

As the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, it is your responsibility to safeguard and sustain the planet and to implement laws to such an end. I feel Canada’s management of animal waste from intensive livestock operations is deplorable and I urge you to put an end to manure lagoons and the over-concentrated spreading of untreated animal sewage.

Storage of manure from feedlots in pits and lagoons poses an environmental threat from spills or slow leakage of raw sewage. Spreading of this sewage is done in high concentration close to the operations, contaminating the soil and water with phosphorus, nitrogen and dangerous pathogens such as E. Coli.

Noxious odors and harmful gases cause health risks for farm workers and local residents. Ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane and nitrous oxide expose people to respiratory issues, nerve damage and other threatening ailments. Not to mention the negative impact on the local ecosystems and climate change.

Canada needs laws to stop practices that knowingly harm the environment. Put an end to the storage and over-application of animal manure from feedlots.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. Tracy Jones says:

    Make it stop!

  2. Robin Abbott says:

    Then these same animal and environment abuser’s kill all the wildlife that is fertilizing the land ‘NATURALLY’!! Often using cancer causing, destructive PESTICIDES!!

  3. Andrea Chisari says:

    Time to return to science and sense!

  4. This is disgusting and disgraceful. This is ILLEGAL to dump this. They should be fined and made to clean this up. This is INEXCUSABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE.

  5. Stop eating Meat!!!it’s common sense that this is killing the planet, and bad for your health. PLANT Based diets are the future,so much better for the planet and for Us !!

  6. Maria Bertrand says:

    RIGHT ON Mz !!!

    SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY NO MORE DEAD ANIMALS IN GROCERY STORES BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE BUYING. SO STOP EATING ANY MEAT….IT IS NOT NECESSARY!

    AND IT IS OUTRAGEOUS HOW THE PLANET IS TREATED….STOP THE DUMPING BY ENFORCING HEAVY FINES!

  7. Muriel Servaege says:

    Stop that and remember: we have no planet B.

  8. Muriel Servaege says:

    Please stop that and remember: we have no planet B.

  9. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This disgusting and dangerous practice would be unnecessary if we raised animals properly on smaller farms. BAN FACTORY FARMS EVERYWHERE NOW. These medieval operations are barbaric, egregiously inhumane and cruel to the billions of animals imprisoned within, are destroying the environment with their massive amounts of generated waste, and are BREEDING GROUNDS FOR PATHOGENS THAT BECOME PANDEMICS.

  10. Absolutely despicable and unconscionable. SHAME on Canada!! STOP this horror now.

  11. This is also a huge problem in the United States. I live very close to a huge dairy farm in Sparta MI. They have numerous trucks out spreading manure over the fields. God forbid that you get behind one of these trucks. The manure is dripping of the rear of the trucks onto the road and your car. The smell when the spread their manure on the fields is terrible. They create pollution in various ways and get away with it.

  12. ANIMAL AG TOTALLY DESTROYS OUR PLANET!!! GO VEGAN!!

  13. Animal Ag pollutes and destroys our planet!!!
    GO VEGAN!!!

  14. Patricia Wicker says:

    STOP T^HIS !!!!

  15. We need to stop factory farming. It’s like we have no brains at all anymore. There are many psychotically cruel practices associated with this industry. Additionally, it is responsible for terrible pollution and filthy food growing and handling practices. It’s harmful for the animals, human beings and the environment. Nobody is regulating this mess. It’s like we’ve lost our minds to greed and sadism.

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