Dear Audubon Advocate,
The Buffalo National River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The first National River in our National Park system, it was established "to preserve, conserve, and interpret a clear, clean, free-flowing river." A new factory hog farm threatens its water quality, and the aquatic life, birds, and tourism that depend on clean water. Cargill is the primary customer for these hogs, and has the ability and responsibility to move the operation to a more suitable location.
Ask Cargill to honor its commitment to corporate responsibility by removing this threat before it's too late.
The 6,500 hog Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is a serious threat to the Buffalo National River's natural, scenic, cultural, and scientific features that are protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The facility will produce thousands of gallons of raw untreated sewage each year, and sits atop porous, karst topography that makes the area particularly susceptible to pollution from the open sewage lagoons. Of particular concern, the area is a wintering area favored by Bald Eagles. In addition, children at an adjacent school will be exposed to toxic gases from the open lagoons and spray fields (one of the methods used to dispose of the waste).
Tell Cargill to move the CAFO to a more suitable location.