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HSUS Advances Their Agenda- But Agrees Not to Push for Electoral Mandate

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 9:03:58 CDT

HSUS Advances Their Agenda- But Agrees Not to Push for Electoral Mandate

On today's Beef Buzz, we look at the deal agreed to by the Governor of Ohio, Ohio Agricultural groups and the Humane Society of the US regarding animal care standards that will be dictated to the newly formed Ohio Animal Care Standards Board. While it does not directly impact the beef cattle industry, except for a call for a prohibition of "downer" cows being transported for slaughter, it does show that the deep pockets of the HSUS make it hard not to come to terms that allow them to claim victory in regards to several animal husbandry practices they have decided to target in multiple states.

The Humane Society of the United States will not pursue a ballot initiative in Ohio this fall. That's because HSUS and Ohio agricultural groups have reached an agreement that preserves the integrity of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board approved by voters last fall and provides a pathway for enactment of eight major animal welfare reforms. The agreement calls for the livestock board and/or state legislature to adopt several provisions - including a moratorium on permits for the construction of egg production facilities that would use conventional cage housing; a ban on gestation stalls after December 31st this year, with existing stalls permitted to stay in production for 15 years; and a ban on transportation of non-ambulatory cows for slaughter.

Click here for our coverage of this agreement announced Wednesday afternoon in Ohio.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Jack Fisher, Executive Director with the Ohio Farm Bureau.
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