This nation’s poultry growers sure have pluck. And it doesn’t pay to run a-fowl of this group or get them squawking mad, as the Department of Homeland Security is finding out.
From the Associated Press:
Are chicken houses the next battleground in the war on terror?
Poultry growers are squawking mad over proposed regulations from the Department of Homeland Security that anybody with 7,500 pounds or more of propane gas register with the agency. The threshold is low enough that poultry farmers who use propane to heat chicken houses in the winter may be affected.
“It would affect almost all of us,” said Jenny Rhodes, who has 80,000 roasters in Centreville. She criticized the proposal to fill out “hellacious forms” and register farmers’ propane use.
“I could think of a lot easier, better targets” for terrorists than chicken farms, groused Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, a Washington-based industry group. The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the National Turkey Federation, have also joined a protest of the proposed regulations that name propane a “chemical of interest.” [full text]
To see the full list of proposed chemicals of interest, fly on over to this link.