On September 13th, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued a
public notice of Stunkard Fur Farm's registration for a Confined Animal
Feeding Operations (CAFO) license in Astoria, OR. The CAFO license
allows fur farms in Oregon to function. The ODA subjects approval of
these licenses to public participation process. The ODA is only supposed
issue these permits if the CAFO does not harm water quality.
Stunkard Farm is already in operation, but a denial or delay of this
permit may hinder further progress for the farm. The pelting season is
about to commence and any form of obstruction we can provide to normal
operations can act as sabotage to the industry.
More about the permit in question can be found here:
If there is enough public resistance to the CAFO permit, the ODA has to
hold a public hearing on the matter, which can act as another
opportunity to obstruct the operations of this farm:
"A public hearing will be scheduled for the above proposal if written
requests are received during the comment period from at least ten (10)
persons or from an organization or organizations representing at least
ten (10) persons. If a hearing is scheduled, ODA will provide at least
30 days notice before the hearing is held. The public comment period
will remain open for an additional seven (7) days after the public hearing."
The public comment period ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 18th.
ODA accepts comments by mail, fax, or e-mail. Please send to:
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem OR 97301
PLEASE SEND COMMENTS EXPRESSING YOUR CONCERN OVER THIS PROPOSAL!
If the public has enough concern with this farm's operations and its
environmental consequences, particularly water quality, it's entire
existence might be put up against the power of public process and be
subject to Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments.
Please write concerned, polite, and educated comments to the ODA.
For useful information about the fur industry, see:
Remember, the comments must be in by October 18th.