Right To Democracy: Stop The Slaughterhouse Now…


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We need to call out the planners of the Ukiah Valley slaughterhouse group on their true, long-range plans… which are, in my opinion, to expand and supply large amounts of meat to the Bay Area after getting approval of a small local operation right here in our Ukiah population center. And they are going to use the so-called “Right To Industry” County ordinance proposal to help force it on us.

Right To Industry? What’s next, “Right To Retail” so we can’t protest Walmart expansion? There is hardly precedence for this type of ordinance anywhere in the country. Why Mendocino County? Why now? This is nothing but a Chamber of Commerce / Employers Council / Realtors / Builders Exchange sucker punch.

Rather, as citizens, we need to maintain our own “Right to Democracy” that this would destroy. Becoming the Harris Ranch North meat processing center for the Bay Area is not what local citizens will accept. The slaughterhouse long-range plan to grow big is obvious because they want it near the Russian River, with sewer hookups for water and waste management, and close to 101 for shipping to the Bay Area.

Rather, to supply meat to our local, northern California region, we need appropriate, decentralized, small-scale, USDA inspected, mobile slaughter… on the ranches themselves. This approach is successful in several areas of the country.

The argument against mobile units here is that California law does not permit the burying and composting of waste on ranch land as other states’ ranchers are able to do.C’mon, it’s not that hard! Gather up Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and a few celebrity chefs and small ranchers, go to Sacramento, and get the law changed!

If a Ukiah Valley slaughterhouse is approved now, ranchers will no longer be incentivized to pursue a small-scale, greener, localized, humane, on-ranch solution.

Kill the Right to Industry Law! Stop The Slaughterhouse Now!


Albert Krauss (aitengri) December 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

Very important, Dave, to get the post printed in the UDJ. That would cover a few more bases. This “right to industry” smells like the Pacific trade alliance, another form of putting corporate interests over community and environmental concerns.

Since most readers here may well not need “convincing”, the real challenge is to link all of these anti-corporate (and at root, anti-capitalist) themes to a political movement. These processes seem so inexorably slow, that some form of escalation in the pace of change must be devised.

The “occupy” movement was a step, but it failed to radicalize the so-called “masses”.

“Masses”, of course, is a heavily charged old historic cliche. But some form of truly revolutionary concept or action must be devised.

Because of prions (Really Angry Cow Disease) the proper disposal of animal caracas waste is important. It is a disease process that readily crosses species barriers. But that said, as long as someone honest was watching to see that that is done properly, there is little other motivation to do anything nasty or mean with the mobil units that are right out there for everyone to see what is going on. That alone would make for a better system than the factory approach. Of course there is the Catch 22 rule. Anything that makes sense is regulated against, so I end up wincing over favoring something sensible.


Naiveté is one of my strong points. So what is wrong with Mendocino county being a source of locally grown, grass fed meat processing for a larger supply area? It would provide a revenue source in the future, possibly increase jobs, and lower the price of local meat. Now ranchers have to ship meat to Eureka and back for us to buy. Ranchers would reduce prices right away just for the transportation costs. I even asked local ranchers about having the slaughterhouse in my locale, but there are presently many impediments to that. And Dave, thanks for all you do to keep us informed.

Hi Gus,

Indeed “Naiveté” is what afflicts us all. Organized crime, our true ruling power, does everything it can to not clue their Marks. Just look at the torments inflicted on those guilty of committing journalism. We are barefoot in the kitchen looking in an empty frig as our stomachs growl and wondering what happened to our shoes and our budget. For increasing numbers of our fellow citizens life has become very marginal. Fellow citizens are dying to serve the insane greed of organized criminals. In a few short decades we have allowed these criminals to destroy our country, creditor nation to debtor nation, military giant turned into a private security force for transnational corporations, arguably the best education and health systems destroyed, anything “public” (libraries, water systems, prisons, the list is long) is being destroyed to make opportunity for organized criminals, drug addiction advances from a relatively minor problem (mostly useful to arm demagogs to further frighten folks) to a national pandemic, infant mortality rates increase, longevity (most extreme the further you go down the economic ladder) falling behind other “industrialized” countries, people like Bain capital are buying out our industrial base cheap and selling the assets abroad (literally crating up factory after factory and selling them). For those few unfortunate enough to be able to follow all this the reward is outrage fatigue. Folks it is not any single issue, no baskets of issues, no membership driven NGO (like ALEC) agenda, it is the whole ball of wax. It is depressing to confront all this, and my condolences and congratulations to anyone who remains naive. To paraphrase Kruschev’s comment about the survivors envying the dead in the wake of a nuclear war, it is true that the informed have come to envy the naive in the wake of the looting of the country. We do not have public policy that needs to be reformed. We have an on going home invasion with us as hostages. Everything is secondary to the primacy of organized criminal activity that is drowning us.