Friends of Whatcom Launches Citizen Referendum Petition to Quash County Council’s Recent Rezone for Widespread Animal Slaughter & Rendering
~ Principal Slaughter Proponents: Bill Knutzen & Kathy Kershner ~
On September 10, 2013, Whatcom County Council Members Bill Knutzen, Kathy Kershner, Sam Crawford and Pete Kremen passed Ordinance #2013-51, voting to rezone all 88,000 acres of Whatcom County farmland for animal slaughter and rendering facilities (with Carl Weimer, Ken Mann and Barbara Brenner opposed.)
This ill-advised massive rezone for animal-slaughter-everywhere jeopardizes human health, property values, water quality and humane treatment of animals throughout most of Whatcom County.
Previously and wisely, this High Impact Industrial Use has only been allowed on industrially-zoned parcels in Whatcom County, where adequate services exist for a highly polluting and pathogenic industrial operation of this type.
On October 23, 2013, Friends of Whatcom County launched a Citizen Referendum Petition (published in the Cascadia Weekly newspaper) which, upon validating the required number of signatures, will serve to refer the subject Ordinance to a vote of the people of Whatcom County next November 2014.
Call to Action
Please help gather the required number of registered voter signatures as soon as possible. See Referendum for further information on how you can help put a stop to this piece of legislative madness and allow the people of Whatcom County to vote on whether or not to transform our beautiful commmunity into Slaughterville, where large-scale inhumane CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) are common.
Please make sure to remove Bill Knutzen and Kathy Kershner from public office this month
by voting instead for Rud Browne and Barry Buchanan.
Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary to Protect and Restore Water Quality and Marine Wildlife Populations
North America’s First International Bioregional Marine Sanctuary
The Salish Sea Foundation recently unveiled a major new vision and plan to designate and implement the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary & Coastal Trail. In the spirit of the 4 National Marine Sanctuaries in place along 50% of California’s coastline, and the California Coastal Trail, the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary & Coastal Trail will empower our Salish Sea Bioregion to:
i) restore water quality,
ii) restore marine wildlife populations to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible,
iii) protect our bioregion’s quality of life from the many new and unusual threats and detriments confronting us nowadays, such as Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing), GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), Hazardous Fossil Fuel Exports (tar sands diluted bitumen, coal, liquified petroleum gas), Neonicitinoids (bee and butterfly-killing biocides),
iv) provide a world-class community-connecting hiking and biking path circumnavigating the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary, and
v) enrich our quality of life with substantial economic and social benefits.