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Census forms have begun arriving in 120 million mailboxes across the country. The forms include 10 questions and take about 10 minutes to complete, according the Census Bureau. The information gathered is used to ensure Congress is fairly reapportioned every 10 years between the states and to redraw state and local legislative boundaries so that political representation is fairly distributed across their changing populations. Census data also help determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed to state and local governments every year — including funding for schools, roads, health care and other critical programs. “It costs the government just 42 cents for a postage paid envelope when a household mails back the form,” said Robert Groves, Census Bureau director. “It costs $57 to send a census taker door-to-door to follow up with each household that fails to respond.”
Figured Up: 402,275
The number of valid signatures the Humane Society of the United States will have collect to put its constitutional amendment on the ballot that would force the Livestock Care Standards Board to adopt specific HSUS policies without debate. Using the name Ohioans for Humane Farms, the group is actively working with other animal rights organizations to gather signatures at events throughout Ohio.
Center on the Web
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is now online. The Center was started in 2009 as a long term effort to bring together diverse interests including farmers, consumers, zoos, hunters, researchers and pet owners to make sure all voices are heard as decisions about animals are considered. The Center is also home to the Animal’s For Life Foundation, which will focus on fundraising for public outreach efforts. Visit www.foodandanimals.org.
“It’s inconceivable to us that the (Michigan) governor could stoop to this level of telling people what they should and shouldn’t eat based on the philosophies of ‘food elitists.’”
~ Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood responding to a proclamation by Gov. Jennifer Granholm that made March 20 “Michigan Meatout Day.” In her proclamation, the governor encouraged residents to give up meat for a day, saying vegan and vegetarian lifestyles were on the rise and pathogens in meat kill thousands of Americans and sicken millions more each year. Ironically, March 20 was also National Agriculture Day.
“The HSUS under (John Hoyt’s) leadership was ‘to be relevant without being compromised, to be ethical without being arrogant, to be caring and sensitive without being sentimental.’”
~ HSUS President Wayne Pacelle praising the principles of one of the organization’s early presidents on his blog. Farmers might argue that HSUS has failed to live up to every one of those charges.