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Oklahoma Livestock Relief Coalition Wins Governor Fallin's Support

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:13:49 CST

Oklahoma Livestock Relief Coalition Wins Governor Fallin's Support Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed the newly formed Oklahoma Livestock Relief Coalition during a news conference at the state capitol on Monday, January 23rd. The coalition provides a funding channel for people to support the efforts of livestock producers and law enforcement agencies who are often given the task of caring for abandoned and neglected livestock. The Radio Oklahoma Network attended the media briefing- and Farm Director Ron Hays has an audio overview with comments from Governor Fallin, Secretary Reese and the official spokesperson for the Coalition, Dr. Carey Floyd. Click on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of the page to hear their comments. (The picture here is of the representatives of the groups involved with Governor Fallin as the Coalition was rolled out to the public on Monday)

"It's a great example of the private sector coming together with law enforcement agencies to properly take care of animals," Fallin said.

Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese noted last summer's drought created a difficult situation for livestock owners and the lingering effects still impact livestock producers.

"We had the hottest and driest summer on record, creating hay shortages that continue today," Reese said.   

OLRC Spokesperson Dr. Carey Floyd said veterinarians are working closely with law enforcement agencies to handle calls on neglected and abused large animals.

"We are receiving many phone calls from people about starving animals," said Dr. Carey Floyd, President of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. "People don't have any hay, there is no pasture left. Some people are really struggling to properly care for the animals."

Gov. Fallin encouraged the public to help the OLRC take care of these animals.

"This takes money so I would like to encourage Oklahomans who want to help to make a donation to the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Foundation."

The OLRC mission is to provide emergency financial resources to local law enforcement agencies that have seized abused and neglected large animals and assure humane care of the animals. The OLRC structure allows concerned citizens to donate funds intended to assist Oklahoma law enforcement agencies with large animal neglect, abuse, and abandonment cases.   Contributions will be used to provide feed and reasonable emergency care for seized animals during the initial 30-day phase of these cases.

Charter Members of the Oklahoma Livestock Relief Coalition are:

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Oklahoma Humane Federation
Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association
Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association
Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation
Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
American Farmers and Ranchers
Murray State College, Veterinary Technology
Poultry Federation of Oklahoma


Ron Hays Reports on the Media Briefing Provided for the unveiling of the Oklahoma Livestock Relief Coalition
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