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Farm animal organization kicking off petition drive
By Bob Downing Beacon Journal staff writer Published on Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010
Ohioans should brace for another round of intense political fighting over the welfare of farm animals.
A group called Ohioans for Humane Farms is kicking off a statewide petition drive to collect more than 600,000 signatures by June 30 to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. That group and New York-based Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur held a petition kickoff party Monday evening in Solon. Similar events are slated tonight in Toledo, Wednesday in Cincinnati and Thursday in Columbus. Baur said the new drive will eliminate what he called ''some of the worst factory-farm abuses'' in Ohio.
The new petition drive, actively backed by the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., comes in the wake of Ohio voters last November overwhelmingly approving Issue 2 to create the not-yet-active Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to oversee animal-husbandry rules.
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