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Denver’s Unfair Ballot Measure Prohibiting Slaughterhouses

Ballot Title Denver Voters will See This Fall

Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance prohibiting slaughterhouses, and, in connection, beginning January 1, 2026, prohibiting the construction, maintenance, or use of slaughterhouses within the City; and requiring the City to prioritize residents whose employment is affected by the ordinance in workforce training or employment assistance programs?

  • The title refers to “slaughterhouses,” but there is only one USDA-inspected slaughterhouse in Denver. This measure targets that one business.
  • This measure misleads voters into thinking that the employee-owners who lose their jobs will somehow be compensated. But there are no guarantees that they will get the help they need or any compensation.

What the Measure Does:

  • Unfairly targets a single employee-owned business in Denver and forces it to close.
  • Eliminates 160 well-paying employee-owner jobs, resulting in lost income and access to health care.
  • This measure is unfair, ineffective, and simply the wrong approach.

Impacts to Consumers and Denver’s Economy:

  • Consumers will pay more for meat shipped from out of state if Superior Farms is forced to close. Higher prices unfairly burden low-income families.
  • Negatively impacts the state’s economy and our important agricultural industry – the second largest industry in the state.
  • Threatens jobs associated with Colorado’s lamb production industry including independent ranchers, truckers, distributors, retailers, butchers, and restaurant owners.
  • Endangers millions of dollars of other commerce related to meat production operations.

More about Superior Farms:

  • Superior Farms is employee-owned, providing well-paying jobs and benefits to 160 hardworking individuals and their families, 80% of whom are people of color.
  • Superior Farms offers 100% Halal certified, which is based on humane treatment throughout the entire lifecycle of the animal.
  • Superior Farms has in recent years reduced its use of energy, water, diesel fuel and plastics as part of its dedication to the environment.