HSUS Goes to Ohio


The Humane Society of the United States has informed ag industry leaders in Ohio that they intend to run legislation that would ban the use of gestation stalls, battery cages, and veal crates in their state. If the legislation fails at the Ohio statehouse, HSUS intends to sponsor a ballot initiative to achieve their goals, in much the same way as was done in California last year, said Wayne Pacelle, President of HSUS.

The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to make sure the state’s livestock industry knows it’s watching.

The Feb. 17 meeting, which came at the request of the humane society, involved three of that organization’s staffers as well as representatives of Ohio’s poultry, beef, pork and veterinary medical associations, plus the Farm Bureau.

The purpose of their visit? “To get all the industry reps to go back to their individual groups and gain the authority to negotiate with the humane society on legislation in Ohio,” according to Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely.

Jack Fischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President has weighed in on the issue in a recent edition of Our Ohio. His column is titled, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

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