Feces and Corpses of Pigs Used for Food Could Cover North Carolina Post–Hurricane Florence

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

North Carolinians are, of course, concerned about the massive amount of water being dumped on their land as Hurricane Florence moves across the state. But the storm is threatening to dump far more than water—billions of pounds of pig feces could cover the state, too.

Animal agriculture is huge in North Carolina. It’s home to farms like Murphy-Brown LLC, which artificially mass breeds pigs and gives them to infamous corporate giant Smithfield Foods. Large numbers of pigs are killed in the state (second only to Iowa), along with chickens and other animals raised for food. And guess what? Just like humans, animals poop. A lot. Every year, U.S. animal farms produce 100 times more waste than the entire population of the nation.

This waste consists of feces, urine, blood, rotting body parts, and—in the case of pig waste—even dead piglets.

North Carolina harbors this waste (about 10 billion pounds a year) in thousands of lagoons scattered throughout the state.

These lagoons are now in serious danger of overflowing. Farmers are leaving pigs to die when they evacuate, and their rotting corpses and feces are likely to threaten drinking water sources and human lives.

Vegan eating could have prevented all this—the waste, the overflow, the runoff, the threat to human health, and the deaths of countless pigs.

To help save the planet and all its inhabitants, we must change the way we eat.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind