The practice at the center of factory farming's cruelty-cramming
hundreds to millions of animals into small spaces as if they were
inanimate objects rather than the thinking, feeling beings they
are-causes enormous and often deadly pollution problems. By
concentrating unimaginably large amounts of manure, factory farming
endangers countless living beings, including humans. Toxic fumes, E.
coli, salmonella, and pfiesteria are among the dangers.
Human residents of Rembrandt, Iowa, population 270, have chosen to
fight a 4-million-hen egg factory threatening their town. One member
of a family living near the planned egg-factory location is a
13-year-old boy with severe asthma. His life is threatened by fumes
from the facility, his family's home threatened like many others.
"Rembrandt Enterprises" is owned by Glen Taylor, one of the
wealthiest persons in the U.S. and owner of the Minnesota
Timberwolves basketball team. Taylor has refused to accept petitions
Rembrandt residents have sent him four times by certified mail
showing the town overwhelmingly opposes the egg factory. Taylor has
also failed to respond to letters detailing problems with his plans.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is scheduled to
decide on Rembrandt Enterprises' application by the beginning of
September. Iowa law denies local governments authority over
factory-farm sites, and the IDNR expects to approve the application
if it meets Iowa's lax regulations affecting water pollution from
factory farms. The IDNR is not even permitted to consider air
quality! Amazingly, the egg factory could move in even though it
would operate at the headwaters of a river that provides drinking
water to Des Moines and other towns. The only hope may be executive
action by Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack.
A few years ago, Governor Vilsack's predecessor blocked a smaller egg
factory because it would have bordered on a state park. Governor
Vilsack likewise must block Rembrandt Enterprises. Emphasizing
dangers to the people of Iowa while reminding Governor Vilsack of the
animals' plight, please, in the next day or two, urge Governor
Vilsack to use the power of his office in any way necessary to
prevent a 4-million-hen egg factory from opening at Rembrandt, Iowa.
The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Governor of the State of Iowa
Des Moines, IA 50319
Letters can also be sent to:
Glen Taylor, President, Taylor Corporation
1725 Roe Crest Drive
Mankato, MN 56003
And please do your best to get Iowa and Minnesota friends and news
From: Gene Bauston
United Poultry Concerns. August 15, 2000
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Action Alert - Stop Rembrandt,IA Egg Farm)