Today’s Winner of the Puma PAC
Al Giordano at Narco News Bulletin learned this about our Greedy Pig Boy:
In 1985, Joseph Luter’s company, “Smithfield Farms, received what was, at the time, the most expensive fine in history – $12.6 million – for violating the US Clean Water Act at its pig facilities near the Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia, a tributary that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The company, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dumped hog waste into the river.
It was a case in which US environmental law succeeded in forcing a polluter, Smithfield Farms, to construct a sewage treatment plant at that facility after decades of using the river as a mega-toilet. But “free trade” opened a path for Smithfield Farms to simply move its harmful practices next door into Mexico so that it could evade the tougher US regulators.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect on January 1, 1994. That very same year Smithfield Farms opened the “Carroll Ranches” in the Mexican state of Veracruz through a new subsidiary corporation, “Agroindustrias de México.””
It was at one of Luter’s Mexican facilities that health authorities believe the current swine flu pandemic originated. In MARCH of 2009.
“US and Mexico authorities claim that neither knew about the “swine flu” outbreak until April 24. But after hundreds of residents of a town in Veracruz, Mexico, came down with its symptoms, the story had already hit the Mexican national press by April 5. The daily La Jornada reported:
Clouds of flies emanate from the rusty lagoons where the Carroll Ranches business tosses the fecal wastes of its pig farms, and the open-air contamination is already generating an epidemic of respiratory infections in the town of La Gloria, in the Perote Valley, according to Town Administrator Bertha Crisóstomo López.
The town has 3,000 inhabitants, hundreds of whom reported severe flu symptoms in March.”
From the Wikipedia entry on Luter:
“Over Mr. Luter’s 31 years at Smithfield, the company has delivered a 24 percent average annual compounded rate of return. For the last 15 years, Smithfield Foods has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 160 percent.”
No wonder is it? The jackass was able to escape the clean water and air laws of the United States by shipping off to Mexico; taking jobs away from Americans, treating Mexican workers not much better than the pigs themselves, working around laws that protect us all, and then causeing global panic and perhaps a pandemic catastrophe.
Way to go, Joe Luter, you Pig.
(h/t Latda at widdershins)