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Report on environmental hazards of factory livestock farms

(Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- The Sierra Club recently released an exhaustive report on the environmental records of the nation's slaughterhouses and animal feeding operations. The report takes the industry to task for swamping waterways with animal waste, failing to provide safe working conditions, violating humane animal treatment laws, and allowing up to134 million pounds of contaminated meat to enter the marketplace. The rap sheet contains an exhaustive list of violations by over 600 companies. The web interface allows users to search alphabetically by company name, or to search by state to learn if violations have occurred in their neighborhood. This welcome addition to the literature on the problems associated with factory farming also contains a summary of the ten companies with the worst records.

The searchable interface and complete report are available at http://www.sierraclub.org/factoryfarms/rapsheets