Hog farm rally *not* held at actual hog farm site

Because who wants to smell that shit anyway:

Most recently, a jury awarded more than $25 million last week to Duplin County residents Elvis and Vonnie Williams, neighbors of the 4,700-hog farm of Joey Carter, a former Beulaville police chief. That was where Republican legislators and other elected officials brought supporters Tuesday for a rally and news conference criticizing the lawsuits and touting a new state farm law that limits when and how hog-farm neighbors can file nuisance suits.

“You work hard every single day to make ends meet, you know the daily struggles of what it’s like to grow pigs or turkeys or chickens or to grow your row crops, and you do that without complaining and the government comes in and passes regulation after regulation,” Lt. Gov. Dan Forest told farmers.

I don't want to be that guy that says "fake news," but this is simply not correct. The spot where this "rally" was held is approximately 3/5 of a mile away from the hogs & lagoon featured in the lawsuit, with a substantial strand of forest separating them. But see, they couldn't invite all those outraged white people to the *real* site, because it's literally a horror show:

The bad smells, and flies, too, and gnats,” testified Barbara Gibbs in a deposition. Gibbs’ home, where she has lived for more than 40 years, is sandwiched between Carters’ two farms. “They ran me out of the yard one day. They did. I had to take a break from them.”

Cartha Williams lives 150 yards — little more than the length of a football field — from a land application field, where thousands of gallons of hog waste and urine are sprayed.

Other residents live no farther than 750 yards from lagoons or even the hog buildings themselves. Some residents buy bottled water because their well water smells and tastes bad. According to court documents, feces-and-urine-laden spray even landed on Perry Williams’s house, which is 230 yards from the southern Carter farm. “The spray mist and splattering left sticky stains on the side of his home requiring him to scrub the smelly mess off by hand,” court documents read.

The farm has encroached even closer to the home of Woodell and Wanda McGowan. At some point before 2010, according to court documents, a dead box — basically a dumpster for deceased hogs — had been placed just 2 feet from his property line and near his grandchildrens’ swing set. The McGowans phoned the farm to complain, but no one returned their calls. Only after they called Murphy-Brown did someone from the farm move the dead box — but only another 80 feet away, less than the distance between bases on a baseball field.

Get that? The actual owner of the property (former police chief, no less) wouldn't even return their calls, and they had to contact the Chinese-owned corporation. Which of course barely lifted a finger to help. So don't give me any crap about the "innocent farmers" caught between two opposing forces. And in this particular case, said farmer lied to the neighbors about his plans to build a hog farm:

Even before the operations were built Murphy Family Farms, as it was known then, knew people lived nearby. Many of them signed a petition opposing the farms’ construction. According to court documents, Carter misled at least one resident about his plans for the property. He allegedly told Perry Miller that he was going to grow a few crops and assured him there would be no hogs. Soon after, Miller noticed construction workers building hog houses 200 feet from his home.

With friends like that...

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