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E-M:/ Alert: Protect Michigan from Factory Farms

Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>

The state of Michigan is going after Gerald Henning,
an 82 yr old farmer from near Hudson, MI, because of
his frustrated and irritated voice mail messages on
the Michigan Department of Agriculture's Right to Farm
complaint line. Beauracrats in the Michigan Department
of Agriculture seem to be mad that people would target
the "low hanging fruit" instead of going after
legislators and the higher-ups in the agencies.   
Over the course of almost three years, Mr. Henning
lodged complaints about the neighboring confined
animal feeding operations (Cafo's) with a virtually
entirely non-responsive MDA, while the problems
continued totally unabated. Mr. Hennings story was in
the Lansing State Journal this past sunday.

Prosecuting Gerald Henning is a classic case of
blaming the victim --the MDA folks and prosecutors who
filed the complaints should have been forced to live
in his house during the worst episodes before they
brought charges against him. To see what life has been
like in the Hudson area for Mr. Henning and his
neighbors with 10 CAFOs having plopped down there, go
to www.nocafos.org 

A list has been compiled of those in charge of the
Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Michigan
Commission of Agriculture, and the director of the
MDA. People should call them and voice their concerns
about CAFO's and all the pollution and animal
suffering they cause. The numbers and addresses listed
are for their personal homes. Lets hold them
accountable for their decision to give CAFO's a free
ride in Michigan. Don't forget to tell them to drop
the charges on Mr. Henning.

Members of the Michigan Commission on Agriculure 

Nora M. Viau
6645 G Rd.
Escanaba, MI 49829

William Pridgeon
1115 Pridgeon Rd
Montgomery, MI 49255
This man owns a 60,000 head hog farm, and thousands of
acres of fields used to grow food for the pigs.

James Maitland
4448 Maitland Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Douglas E. Darling
13109 Palmer Rd
Monroe, MI 48159

James E Byrum
4933 Bellevue Rd
Onondaga, MI 48854
He is the president and CEO of the Michigan
Agri-Business Association

Dan Wyant
Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 
As expected, he is not just about destroying the
environment, but also about promoting a war on the
Dan Wyant has served as Director of the Michigan
Department of Agriculture since October of 1996.

A native of Cass County, Michigan, Wyant brings a vast
agricultural background to the post, beginning his
career in the private sector with a marketing manager
position at Ralston Purina Company and Lowe’s
International, where he was employed as an export
trade consultant.

His public sector career includes providing policy
expertise for the Senate Republican Majority Office
and serving as Legislative Liaison for the Michigan
Department of Agriculture. Wyant also served as
Associate Director of Governor John Engler’s Office of
Legislative Affairs, working with the State
Legislature on such notable and historic legislative
reforms as nine tax cuts, welfare reform, a re-write
of the School Code, curbing lawsuit abuse, expanding
economic opportunities and lowering the cost of
providing jobs in Michigan.
Mr. Henning or the Environmentally Concerned Citizens
of South Central Michigan (ECCSCM) are in no way
responsible for the content of this action alert. 

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