Residents of the Tatar village protested against a pig farm construction
Residents of the Kalmash village in Tukai district of Tatarstan organized a public gathering against a pig-breeding complex close to the village. The local newspaper has recently informed that the land of 23 hectares has been rented by the company “Kama bacon” for 49 years. The word on the streets was that a complex for 800 breeding sows would be constructed in the area. The Muslim Tatars of the Kalmash village are not happy to have a pig farm nearby as these animals are considered to be filthy according to Islam. The residents claimed that they signed a petition against a pig farm construction.
Interestingly enough, it is not only Muslim Tatars who are not pleased with the idea of pigs-breeding complex. Quite a lot of Russians also signed the petition. They believe that the environment and the ecological situation of the area will get worse once a pig farm will be built. Such a complex is working by the village Sosnoviy bor which is 25 km from Kalmash. The feces of animals are not processed, but dug into the ground. Grey water spreads this dirt in lakes and rivers. The residents of the village are sure that a pig farm will end up with the beautiful nature of their village.
The gathering was managed by imam of the local mosque Akhmetbizan Burganov. The people were not going to be outside. They were planning to organize a meeting in the village hall. However, the administration did not allow to have a meeting at the hall. Therefore, the hall was closed. The journalist of the newspaper “Azatlik radiosi” found out that after the assembly the imam was interrogated by the police. The police asked him why the gathering was organized without the permission of the administration. The imam replied that the district administration ignored their request to permit the gathering. “Kama bacon” did not send their representative to the gathering too.