Ohio-HSUS Livestock “Agreement”

The “Buckeye Compromise” has been reached in Ohio between the State of Ohio (Governor Stickland), the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Humane Society of United States (HSUS).  Unfortunately, this “agreement” seems to put a leash on Ohio livestock regulation, and puts HSUS “at the table” for regulatory oversight.

The agreement was reached to prevent HSUS from putting restrictive livestock initiatives on the Ohio ballot for public vote.  Fortunately, Indiana does not permit ballot initiatives, but Ohio is right next door to us, and Indiana could become a new HSUS target.

A copy of the agreement can be downloaded here:  HSUS Buckeye Compromise.   Note attention to paragraphs 6, 7, and 10 for a taste of HSUS’s intentions for “supervising” livestock production and retaining control over Ohio livestock regulation.

Sadly, this document does not require HSUS to give up anything – HSUS still retains the right to bring the ballot initiatives to Ohio if HSUS doesn’t think that Ohio is properly (or quickly) implementing the “recommendations” in the agreement.

More information can be found at a great website which operates as a watchdog for HSUS:  Humane Watch

July 02, 2010 11:50 am | Issues and News

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