The only USDA slaughter facility in Whatcom County was sold on Oct. 13, 2014, according to the real estate transactions listed in the Dec. 7 edition of The Bellingham Herald. An online search of county records revealed Keizer Meats of Lynden was purchased by Cascade Food Corporation of Tacoma. Mahaboob Althaf Ali Kham is the owner of Cascade Food Corp, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s website.
Since the county approved a rezone that allows slaughterhouses on 88,000 acres of land in the agricultural zone, it will be interesting to see what this out-of-county corporation envisions for its new acquisition. Wasn’t this rezone supposed to support local meat production and supply? Why didn’t any of the proponents of the rezone step up individually or collectively to ensure that their vision of locally sourced meat for local consumers would be a reality?
Opponents of the rezone cited many possible negative outcomes, including corporate methodologies that are driven by profit and lead to practices that negatively affect communities, animals and the environment. As predicted and opposed, the corporate takeover appears to have begun.