In a new citizen triumph, the Fifth District Court in Yucatán ordered the temporary suspension of the construction of the Akutzá poultry farm, which the Bachoco company began to build in August 2022 in Justicia Social, in the Peto municipality.
The sentence was handed down on Wednesday, November 9, 2023 and benefits not only Justicia Social, a police station with 249 inhabitants, according to Inegi, but also the towns of Dziuché (2,909 residents), La Presumida (1,313 residents), Santa Gertrudis (940 inhabitants), Kantemó (246 inhabitants), Bulukax (593 inhabitants) and Nuevo San Marcos (208 inhabitants), among other towns in the municipality of José María Morelos, Quintana Roo, located near Laguna Chichankanab. In total, there are 6,458 people.
On August 10, 2022, the governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, and Bachoco directors held the starting in Social Justice, Peto, the construction of two farms, which were said to have an investment of 1,100 million pesos, will generate more than 1,800 direct and indirect jobs, would be ready precisely this November 2023 and, when operating at maximum capacity, they would produce 2.2 million eggs per week for Yucatán, Veracruz and Puebla.
But this November, federal judge Grissel Rodríguez Febles granted the provisional suspension of the act claimed in the trial promoted by a Mayan woman environmental defender, with the support of the organization Project of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ProDesc), for violations to the right to free, prior and informed consent of the communities potentially affected by the poultry farm project.
On its website, Prodesc states that the Fifth District Court admitted the request for protection and ordered, among others, the Peto City Council and the Secretariat of Sustainable Development (SDS) of Yucatán to ensure that no construction or work of any kind is carried out. nature at the poultry farm, owned by the Bachoco company.
In her ruling of provisional protection, the District Judge affirms that there are indications of imminent and irreparable damage to the indigenous Mayan communities in their rights to health, to a healthy environment, and especially, to be consulted in a free and informed manner and prior to the acts issued by the authorities.
The relevance of the federal judicial resolution, highlights the legal advisor, is that “in addition to the protection of indigenous communities, it is based on the best standards of environmental protection since it identifies nature as an autonomous legal good that must be protected by its importance for every living being, not just for humans.”
Both the plaintiff for protection and the Mayan communities and ejidos that border the property where the poultry farm is built, both in Yucatán and Quintana Roo, are unaware of the environmental and health impacts of this project since no authority came forward to provide them with information nor to consult them, emphasizes Prodesc, a human rights defense organization founded in 2005.
However, they fear that the farm will easily contaminate the land, subsoil, water, and aquifers that they use for human consumption and agricultural activities, as it is located on soils that are highly permeable to the filtration of wastewater, organic matter, and waste that such as project will generate, he highlights.