Few “Chicken Little” concerns over location of chicken processing plants - 240 responses

Sep 14, 2014

Given Concord’s current consideration of an application from Fournier Foods to build a 5,000 square-foot chicken processing plant, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members if they would support one in their town.

While not unanimous, the response was decidedly affirmative, as 69 percent of respondents who directly answered the question expressed their support, while 18 percent said they would not. Out of all respondents, 23 percent discussed the subject in broader terms. In total, the LFDA received 240 citizen responses, including specific comments from 84 individuals supported by 138 concurrences.

For respondents of the majority opinion, many questioned detractors that expressed environmental concerns, while job creation was often cited as the most compelling reason to allow such plants. Remarked one respondent, “Jobs are jobs. We need to kick start our economy.” Other agreed, as one gentleman added, “Seems if they follow all of the applicable laws that we should be happy that someone wants to create jobs in NH.”

As for those who said they would not support a chicken processing plant in their town, rationale ranged from ethical concerns regarding the industry itself to the questions regarding the need to place such facilities inside cities. “[They] belong in the country—not a populated area,” one gentleman reasoned.

Other respondents, however, elected to discuss the subject more broadly with several expressing a preference to debate the potential environment impact of such plants. “Even the cleanest chickens plants in Tennessee still stink,” said one woman. “You can smell [them] five miles away and its worse when it’s humid.”

Click here to see the full Facebook discussion of this question.

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