Ohio Farmers And Humane Society Prepare For Fight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- The Ohio Farm Bureau is ramping up fundraising to take on a leading animal rights group over the size of cages, crates and stalls used to confine of farm animals.

The Humane Society of the United States has met with Ohio cattlemen, pork producers and the poultry industry, telling them to change the farming practices or face a ballot initiative.

The animal rights group has won legislation in six states to ban confinement systems that they say cramp animals.

Three were passed with farm industry support and three by public vote.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has more than 230,000 members and lobbies for the state's farmers.

The Humane Society is the nation's largest animal protection organization with more than 11 million members.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Nancy Location: IA on May 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    What HSUS has won is going to be a big loss for consumers in a time when our economy can least bear it. It's going to put ag farmers out of business and drive food prices way up. It's going to remove safety measures put in place to keep animals safe from predators, baby pigs safe from carnivorous sows, hens safe from carnivorous 'sisters" and the animals food BOTH safe from bacteria and disease. But hey!..If it makes you feel warm and fuzzy to think you are "saving the animals"..so what if many people will no longer be able to eat or feed their kids or salmonella and ecoli increase...you can enjoy basking in feeling like you did the right thing..at least until reality hits you like a ton of bricks! Did you know that the world has only enough land mass to produce enough fruits and vegetables to feed 1/3 of the population on a vegetarain/vegan diet? Who will volunteer to be in the 2/3 who will starve?
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