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According to the ruling by a federal court, a jury was correct in holding Smithfield Farms responsible for causing a nuisance in a local community around its pig farms.

Neighbors of the 15,000 pigs owned by Smithfield alleged that their lives were unbearable due to the stench, loud noises, and flies that were part of the neighborhood.

Elsie Herring told North Carolina Health News she was “thrilled” by the decision and has been fighting the company since the 1990s. “It’s been long overdue … and is a glimmer of hope that maybe this is the road that will bring about some sustainable change that makes living in our homes enjoyable again, which is how it should be,” Herring said. “Your home is your castle.”

Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that “animal welfare and human welfare, far from advancing at cross-purposes, are actually integrally connected,” in his opinion. Later, he noted, “It is well-established — almost to the point of judicial notice — that environmental harms are visited disproportionately upon the dispossessed—here on minority populations and poor communities.”

And read more about recent updates on factory farming including Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Tied to Factory Farms and We’re Eating Sick Animals and Getting Deadly Diseases Because the USDA Won’t Uphold Basic Welfare Standards in Slaughterhouses.

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Sign this petition to demand that IFC divest from factory farming, and invest in humane, sustainable practices.

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