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Lawsuits Against North Carolina Hog Farms Could Help Reform State’s CAFO Industry – April 12, 2018

Hearings begin on first case against Smithfield Foods subsidiary

Roughly 4,000 pink-tinted pools containing pig feces, urine, and blood, are scattered throughout the eastern North Carolina landscape. An estimated nine to ten million pigs in state’s hog farming industry, which mainly comprise large factory farms, produce the untreated waste poured into these cesspools, equivalent to the waste of 100 million humans. The powerful stench from these pools has been making life miserable for nearby residents. So much so, that they have taken their complaint against the hog farms to court.

Swine Facility cesspoolsPhoto courtesy of Waterkeeper AllianceSome 4,000 hog farm "lagoons" containing pig feces, urine, and blood, are scattered throughout the… more

by: Michael Sainato and Chelsea Skojec

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Governments Need to Take A Hard Stand Against Illegal Fishing Industry – October 17, 2017

Recent shark hunts by China-based company highlights need for independent monitoring by NGOs, says Sea Shepherd activist

In Timor Leste law, a small country in Southeast Asia that achieved its independence from Indonesia in 2002, shark hunting is illegal, but that didn't prevent a China- based company from sending vessels out to the country's waters recently to illegally catch thousands of sharks.

photo of sharks on boatPhoto by Jake Parker/Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd staff document sharks illegally caught off the coast of Timor Leste.

In September, the ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd, working with local police in Timor Leste, caught 15 vessels filled with thousands of sharks using gill nets to scoop up the bottom feeding sharks, some of which are… more

by: Michael Sainato and Chelsea Skojec

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