HSUS Goes to Missouri

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 a ballot initiative in Missouri in the spring of 2010. It is expected that this initiative will look very similar to Proposition 2 that was passed in California.

Missouri does not plan to sit back on this issue. State agricultural groups have come together to formally organize as the Missouri Animal Ag Coalition. Garrett Hawkins from the Missouri Farm Bureau confirmed that notion when he spoke to the University of Missouri’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter on Nov. 18.

“We don’t agree with the way members will be selected for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, but I would expect to see something similar,” Hawkins said.

The Missouri Animal Ag Coalition will focus on the creation of legislation, a strong public relations campaign, developing a network of partners, finding grassroots support and developing an effective social media presence. Ideally, it will consist of a representative from each industry; along with professionals from all of the fields involved in the future debate with HSUS.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mills on December 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    This is not true. HSUS has made it explicitly clear that the Missouri ballot measure is about puppy mills, not animal agribusiness. Please stop spreading false rumors.


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