posted on Dec, 1 2010 @ 03:44 PM
In our modern day and age, in *this* country, we do have certain standards. Plumbing is one of them. And, yes, it *IS* for the overall safety of the
community. This is a democracy, not a "minocracy." Did you know that the Haanta (sp) virus originates from the feces of desert/field mice? Yes.
They deficate, and it dries. The virus is then airborne with the dusty feces. When it's inhaled into healthy lungs... people get sick and many
times they die. The human lifespan (especially in this country) has been getting longer over the decades because of our health code. Out-houses went
"out" of style a while back. Sure, I know that on some mountains in the Appalachians or other places people still employ them, but isn't there a
governing regulation for the proper construction of out-houses? They seem to have a regulation for almost anything. Perhaps this guy's out-house
was not properly built. What's going on in Haiti right now --CHOLERA OUTBREAK-- is an example of what we realize might happen here if we let too
many people dispose of their waste improperly. It doesn't matter how large his property is IF he is disposing of his waste into a stream, creek or
river (or lake) that runs into or crosses into another property.
The thing is, I don't know the specifics, so I'm just stating principal here. A person's rights do indeed stop at your nose (i.e. you have the
right to do almost *anything* as long as it doesn't harm or potentially harm another --or destroy/taint them or their property in some way).
All of that being said... Is his property large enough to sustain and hide his way of life? By "hide" I mean can people driving along the nearest
access road openly see a trashy, little trailer and/or smell his waste? Can people downstream (or on an opposite lake bank) smell or see fecal
material in the water? I'm sure his animals deposit quite a bit of fecal waste. This sounds like a potential health issue. Now, if he were on the
center of the property, nowhere near running (or lake) water, and not seen from any nearby roads... Well, he'd be "invisible," wouldn't he? His
footprint would most likely go unnoticed.
City officials and sheriff's deputies are people too. They just don't get wild hairs (for the most part) and try to pick on a guy hoping he's
going to go Waco/Branch-Davidian on them. Someone must have filed a complaint, and I'm guessing it was from the improper disposal of his (and his
animals) waste. Farms have regulations governing every facet of manure disposal (or management). If this guy has NO MEANS (because he chose to have
no means) to properly churn manure back into the ground OR dispose of it in another way (filtration, waste water management, etc.) then he does indeed
pose a health risk to the surrounding community.
His animals may be "healthy" as many people have stated. Healthy animals still produce unhealthy waste. Now, if he were just some guy living in a
cabin in the woods, out of site and all... Well, out of sight, out of mind. I'm sure there are thousands of people/families living in log cabins on
private land (heck, some public land I bet) who go unnoticed because they are out of sight and out of mind. This guy is apparently within sight,
within smell ----within NOTICE and perception of others. And he must be putting off an odor in the form of improperly disposed-of waste.
Should the Feds go in and burn everything down and shoot everyone in sight? Obviously not. But, there should be a happy medium, especially if his
choices of a "simple life" have lead to the pollution (or possible pollution) of water and/or the spread of disease. You can't just keep animals.
There are rules and regulations that all citizens must abide by. This is NOT the Third World. This is the United States. These laws are the SAME
kind of laws that state you can't own a tiger in New York City. Every community has such laws.
MORE PEOPLE NEED TO ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. Your eyes will open at the INVISIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE that your City Council has in
place. People do actively think about public laws and regulations governing things like where you can park your RV, trailered boat, etc. How many
people can legally live in an apartment versus a house or how close a restaurant can be to a dog pound or funeral home. You name it, they've thought
about it. And it's all geared to make life EASIER AND SAFER for us. Yes, safer. Would you really want fecal matter (raw sewage) creeping into your
city's resevoir? Would you really want the dusty poop from this guy's animals aerialized and blown across a playground in a nearby community? And
those are only two scenarios out of potentially many more.