Pig factory's neighbors file nuisance complaint

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Neighbors of a Minnesota pig factory recently filed a legal complaint, alleging that horrible odors from the facility make their lives miserable and constitute a nuisance under Minnesota law.

The neighbors claim the foul stench from the factory prevents them from going outdoors or opening their windows, leaving them isolated from family and friends.

The claim is against the Iowa-based Gourley Bros., which built the factory in Todd County, Minnesota, in 2013.

The residents lived in the area before the company built the factory, where some 4,000 mother pigs and piglets are held in gestation crates so small they prevent the animals from even turning around.

“These pig factories make life unlivable for animals and neighbors alike," said Jonathan Lovvorn of The Humane Society of the United States. "Confining vast numbers of animals in one building creates mountains of manure. These facilities reek of excrement and dead hogs."

The neighbors are represented by lawyers at Schwebel Goetz & Sieben, and will be represented pro bono by attorneys with Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Protection Litigation Section.

The neighbors have also received assistance from the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.