In 2016, the Washington State Department of Ecology began a targeted harassment program accusing small farmers and property owners of having a "potential to pollute" the watershed because they have an animal on their property. In Whatcom County alone, many people have been forced to euthanize or give away their pet goats, sheep, horses, llamas, or other farm animals to avoid the targeted legal and financial threats.
This is the first of a series of videos, Tales of Tyranny, produced by Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) in Washington State. These short video stories about people who have been harmed by abusive government regulation, zealous prosecution of ridiculous rules, criminalization of minor code infractions, and the destruction of property rights. Ordinary citizens have been harmed by government as policy.
This video is of interviews done at the conclusion of CAPR's first banquet.
This video was produced for CAPR's first ever annual banquet. It was shown to the standing room only crowd of nearly 400 at Emerald Downs.
The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision Hirst vs. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (“Hirst”) opens a new offensive against individual property rights and common sense; and it continues the trend of legislative rule making by our Supreme Court. The ruling is disastrous for property rights. This is just part of the story. The impacts are likely to be much greater than people realize. There are actions you can take to make a difference.
Many persons seek the protection of their property rights and relief from over-reaching or misapplied regulatory actions and want to have that relief from our Judicial system. But what if the highest court in our State has strayed from the rule of law and constitutional decision making and into the arena of problem solving with decisions best left to another branch of government, the legislature?
The outrage against a King County's attempt to assess a fee and require monitoring for all On-site Septic Systems (OSS) gave birth to a new organization, Citizens Opposed to OSS Management Washington (COOMWA).