Group backing ban on new slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls releases first television ad

Smart Growth Sioux Falls is asking voters to stop any new facilities.

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Image taken from a television ad from Smart Growth Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The group asking voters to ban any new slaughterhouses in the city released its first television ad on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

That ad features several people using a clothespin to close their noses urging residents to “vote yes to stop the stink.” It’s set at Falls Park.

“Our city’s future and quality of life are at stake, and we’re working hard to make sure voters understand exactly why it’s so important they make their voices heard,” Robert Peterson, treasurer for Smart Growth Sioux Falls, said in a statement. “There are smarter locations for these facilities — closer to farmers and further from our homes and businesses in Sioux Falls. For sustainable growth, we need to vote yes to stop the stink, protect property values, and keep our water clean.”

Sioux Falls voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to amend city ordinances to ban future slaughterhouses in the city limits.

A group opposing the ban, Sioux Falls Open for Business, launched their advertising campaign last week.


“We have a strategy and plan in place,” said Christine Erickson, chairperson for Open for Business. “We will spend our money as wisely and far reaching in Sioux Falls as we can.”

Smart Growth put the issue on the ballot by gathering 10,000 signatures in response to plans by Wholestone Farms to build a pork processing plant near the Benson Road exit on Interstate 229 in northeast Sioux Falls. The plant has been in the planning stages for about five years. Wholestone, a farmer-owned cooperative, countered by starting construction on a customer butcher shop on the site. They believe that action grandfathers them under existing ordinances are not affected by the vote.

Smart Growth filed a lawsuit in September asking a judge to stop the city of Sioux Falls from issuing any further permits to Wholestone. Additionally, they are asking for permits issued in the period since the ballot question was approved, to be rescinded as well.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Opponents of the ban focused attention on involvement of POET's leader, Jeff Broin. Shift in message personalized the outcome of the vote.

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for the Forum News Service in Sioux Falls. Reach him at
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