Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Vote YES on Issue 2????
I keep getting all these emails about how I should vote NO on issue 2. I did not really understand issue 2 so I did some research. Here is what I found out and I will be voting YES on issue 2. ( I THINK)
To create the Ohio livestock care standards board to establish and implement standards of care for livestock and poultry.
Farmers in Ohio worked with the Ohio General Assembly to write the amendment proposed in Issue 2 which is strongly supported by legislative leaders from both parties. They did this because Out-of-state activist groups have signaled they would like to bring an initiative to Ohio that would set rigid, inflexible and impractical rules for how livestock and poultry are housed. This would lead to higher costs for consumers, put food safety at risk, increase the amount of food imported to Ohio, cause thousands of farmers to go out of business, and endanger the overall health and well-being of Ohio's flocks and herds.
The biggest problem is people who know virtually nothing about livestock farming are being misinformed about what is humane treatment. This group calls for housing that puts chickens and pigs in jeopardy b/c chickens and pigs are notorious for "fighting" when allowed to be penned in groups and they will literally kill the weaker animals. There is misinformation that claims livestock are kept in small pens where they can't move or turn around, or how the animals are kept in filthy conditions, etc. This is untrue. Again, non-farmers are uninformed and are being conned through emotional stories of animal abuse that doesn't exist.
There is also a lot of misinformation on who will be part of the board. Here is the exact language in the amendment:
Provide that the board shall be comprised of thirteen Ohio residents including representatives of Ohio family farms, farming organizations, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers, the dean of the agriculture department at an Ohio college or university and a county humane society representative. If you read the full text of the amendment you will see even more defined information.
There is no doubt that we need to be informed and take action when animal abuse occurs. Whether it's pets or livestock, cruelty is unacceptable. There is no doubt it has happened and will happen again. But we must act with knowledge and regulate responsibly and not with outrageous regulations that increase food prices and put Ohioans out of work.
There is a main radical group that is spreading lies about this issue and they are WRONG in what they say. Please do not believe that issue 2 will in anyway protect those who mistreat animals or support puppy mills because it will NOT. The board that will be developed if issue 2 passes can actually help in STOPPING puppy mills and puppy mill auctions.
Continue to support your local rescue groups, local Animal Protective League, and local Humane Society. These groups deserve your support and do not have hidden agendas.
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