There has been a lot of talk about the Ohio Livestock Care Board going around in Nebraska, as mentioned in the article. I’m glad to see that progress is being made in Missouri as well. This is a great way to fight back to HSUS, whose main goal is to eliminate animal agriculture!
Missouri farmers consider livestock care board
Cliff Gauldin, Feedstuffs Foodlink
Livestock producers in the “Show Me” state apparently like what they’ve seen happen in Ohio. A movement is reportedly afoot to establish a Livestock Care Standards Board in Missouri similar to what Ohio voters approved with Issue 2 in November.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that it will conduct a petition drive in Missouri in order to place a November 2010 measure before voters to strictly regulate dog breeders.
Some in the farm sector fear that will ultimately lead to increased attention on livestock practices, such as HSUS’s successful 2008 campaign in California that led to a ban on sow gestation stalls, laying hen battery cages and veal crates.
Paul Shapiro, senior director of the HSUS Factory Farming Campaign, emphasized that the effort is aimed only at dog breeders.
“I’m not sure we could be more explicit,” said Shapiro. “The ballot measure in Missouri relates only to ‘puppy mills.’ The vast majority of the ballot measures HSUS has waged in the last two decades are unrelated to farm animals.”
Missouri lawmakers have indicated that legislation to create a Livestock Care Standards Board will be introduced in the legislative session beginning in January, according to the Brownfield Network.
The Ohio tactic has also apparently garnered attention from Nebraska producers.