Ohio Voters Approve Livestock Care Board

Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that will establish a board on livestock care standards. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation actively supported the measure.

The measure establishes a 13-member Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that will set standards for the care, treatment and welfare of livestock and poultry raised in Ohio based on ethics and science. The measure takes the form of an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman praised members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for their hard work in supporting Issue 2.

“Voters made a solid statement that acknowledged the role farmers play in caring for farm animals and providing a safe and quality food supply in the Buckeye State. Clearly, Ohio has blazed a bold new trail for other states to follow on the issue of livestock care and well-being. It is clear that voters in that state know farmers and ranchers share their values regarding the care of farm animals,” Stallman said.

The board is intended to head off efforts by activist groups that want to impose their agendas on the state’s livestock and poultry producers.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, implied that his group may seek to counter the new livestock board with its own ballot initiative in Ohio elections next year in the form of a constitutional amendment that would contain language similar to California’s Proposition 2. “We haven’t made a final decision, but it’s very likely,” Pacelle said.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. […] Martini in Animal Ag, Animal Welfare, Legislative. Leave a Comment As assumed in the aftermath of Issue 2 in Ohio last month, the Humane Society of the United States has announced that they plan to sponsor […]


  2. […] HSUS and other activists from damaging our industry and slandering our families. Perhaps it was Issue 2 in Ohio, or AFBF President Stallman’s recent address, but it is clear that Ag should expect a […]


  3. […] Care Board was created in November when Ohio voters passed State Issue 2 by a nearly two-to-one margin. State legislators recently completed the enabling legislation, which […]


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