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Battleground Ohio: Issue 2 and Farm Animal Welfare

11/6/2009 12:03:59 PM

Tags: livestock welfare, food and agricultural policy

 Livestock Confinement

Remember Proposition 2 in California, where voters approved a new law that improved the standards under which farm animals are confined? Similar scenarios have popped up in Michigan, Arizona, Florida, Maine, Colorado and Oregon, but Ohio had other plans. Instead of ensuring that their collective voices will be heard on issues pertaining to the treatment of livestock, this week voters in Ohio opted for a constitutional measure that will place the decision making power with a 13-member board instead. The board, according to Alan Johnson of The Columbus Dispatch, "would have far-reaching powers to set standards for livestock and poultry care, food safety, supply and availability, disease prevention, farm management and animal well-being. It would have minimal legislative oversight."

Critics question what place the board has in the Ohio Constitution, along with only two other boards: the Board of Education and the Board of Workers Compensation. They also point to the hastiness of the issue's navigation through the legislature — immediately following the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) announcement to move forward in the state with a ballot initiative to set minimum space allotments for confined animals.

American Farm Bureau president Bob Stallman calls it a victory for farmers, but HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle calls it a dirty trick on the part of agriculture giants. What do you call it?    



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JVm Fan
4/9/2010 11:59:32 AM
Prop 2 in OHio?? Farm animals to be let out of their tiny cages?? Jane Velez-Mitchell-TV Host of "Issues" on CNN's Headline News Show will cover this story nationally tonight on her show. Be sure to watch! The more viewers she has, the better chance she can continue covering this important story. We did it in CA. Go OH and Go JANE!! (4pm PST or 7pm EST on Headline News Channel)

Appalachian
11/7/2009 10:23:38 AM
More bureaucracy, a likelihood of infringing on farmers' and individuals' rights. increasing possibility of abuse of power at the neighborhood level. a wrong step for community minded progressivists. appalachian










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