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Youth camp suing to block planned hog farm

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Leaders of a northern Indiana youth camp are going to court in their effort to stop a nearby farmer from being allowed to start raising some 9,200 hogs.

The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half-mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.

The lawsuit was filed in a court in Carroll County, where the camp is located, about 20 miles north of Lafayette, The Journal & Courier reported. The lawsuit maintains the hog facility should have to be further away from the camp because the camp is similar to a small town, educational facility or church.

The camp's activities include camps for children with asthma and kidney troubles, and those who have suffered burns. The 90-year-old facility attracts more than 35,000 campers a year, including many from schools in the Indianapolis area.

The attorney for farm owner John Erickson declined comment about the lawsuit.

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  • Not anti-farm
    I am not anti-hog farm, but I am VERY pro Camp Tecumseh. I have wonderful memories of time spent there as a student, I was also a camp counsilor for MDA camp when it was held there, and I was thrilled that my daughter also got to experience Camp Tecumseh. I hope the court agrees that Tecumseh is in fact an educational facility!
  • White County commissioners are way out of line on this decission
    It is truely unthinkable that a Confined Animal Feeding Operation would be allowed to be built so close to a summer camp that is so established and helps so many children. These so called farms are an abomination and cause untold environmental damage to land, air and water. As I understand it these nine thousand and some swine will be on seven acres of land. Isn't there something kind of sick about this? Anyone who has been closer than a mile or two from these operations knows how debilitating the smell is when the wind blows in your direction. What are these commissioners thinking?
  • Hoosiers4-HealthyAnimalAg offers support/blessings!
    Thanks to Tecumseh for taking a stand. We are with you all he way. We are working for a ban on CAFOs in Putnam/Harrison County. Confined "farming" must end. CAFOS are not humane or sustainable anywhere despite the increased propaganda. Unfortunately, hog operators are being forced to get big or get out but animals, like children, deserve a life in tune with natural laws. CAFOS treat animals as industrial products, for profit at expense of earth/animal/people welfare. There is a growing animal protection movement and we are with you.....please give the children at camp vegetarian/vegan choices and teach them reverence for animals as someones, not somethings.....

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