FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2018
Contact: Sal Baldovinos
SLAUGHTERHOUSE OPPONENTS TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM AT WOODVILLE EAGLE SUMMIT
WOODVILLE, Texas – The Concerned Citizens of Tyler County, opposing an industrial slaughterhouse coming to town, is hosting a public forum Saturday, July 28. The educational forum will take place at the Woodville ISD Eagle Summit from 5:00-7:00 PM.
East Texas Packing plans to locate the slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant on a 39 acre site located 8/10 of a mile from the city limits between Woodville and Doucette. The company says the plant will create jobs and benefit the county. The Concerned Citizens of Tyler County believes that a meat processing plant of this size poses far reaching negative consequences, including environmental and health risks, as well as impacts on infrastructure and social services.
The group’s spokesperson, Sal Baldovinos, states,“We are bringing people together to understand the implications of what it means to be the host county of an industrialized agriculture plant and the impact it’s having on small towns across rural America.”
Speakers at the forum will include a representative from the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, a non-profit organization. SRAP “strives to give family farmers and ranchers, rural residents, and concerned citizens a powerful, united voice which promotes food production that treats animals humanely, is ecologically responsible, grows local economies, and fully supports family-scale agriculture.”
Also speaking is James Simpson, the best-selling author on immigration and refugee resettlement. Mr. Simpson is a former economist and budget examiner for The White House Office of Budget and Management. He will speak about the economic and demographic impacts of these meat processing facilities and Texas’ role in refugee resettlement.