Marin County Overturns Ban on Commercial Slaughter
A huge thank you to all who came out and spoke at hearings, wrote emails, letters, and made calls to keep Marin County’s 14-year ban on commercial animal slaughter. Numerous citizens who shared our concerns about animal rights, the environment and property values pled with supervisors to keep the prohibition on commercial slaughter, which has been in place since 2003.
Unfortunately, on March 15th, the Marin County Board of Supervisors showed little regard for constituent concerns, and approved the development code amendments to lift the ban. The newly approved amendments will allow small-scale facilities to slaughter chickens, ducks, rabbits and turkeys. It will also allow an extended time period for mobile slaughter facilities to kill all farmed animal species. The only change made by the Board of Supervisors was to add rabbit slaughter back in, which the Planning Commission had previously excluded.
In Defense of Animals and Citizens Against Marin Slaughter are surprised and disappointed that our elected officials did not use more care in their planning, analyze the risk vs. need, listen to the residential majority, nor consider higher standards and more regulation to keep the county safe.
It will take time, effort, sweat, and tears, but we will continue to speak out against animal agriculture and its horrible crimes towards animals, our health, and our communities. Thank you to each and every one of you who spoke up and worked hard to protect the animals, community, and land of Marin County.
"Don't quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound." -Simon Sinek