COLUMBUS, Ohio – John Lumpe, president of the Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee (PAC)today released the following statement in response to the passage of State Issue 2.
“Ohioans have spoken and clearly understand that a board of experts is the appropriate entity to make decisions on behalf of animal agriculture and food production in our state. Passage of Issue 2 is a win for everyone who acknowledges the essential relationship between excellent farm animal care and a safe, affordable, locally grown food supply. Voters agree with Ohio’s farm community and our diverse base of supporters – decisions about food and farming should be made in Ohio, by Ohioans.
“We would like to thank Governor Strickland and our legislative leaders for their support in getting this resolution on the ballot, our collective farm community for their continued commitment to responsible farm management and animal care, the more than 500 state organizations and individual endorsers, and Ohio voters for recognizing the need for such a board in our state. It is clear that all Ohioans – rural and suburban, Republican and Democrat – have come together and recognize just how important agriculture is to the state.
“The Livestock Care Standards Board created through passage of Issue 2 will provide an effective mechanism for determining and enforcing guidelines for the care and well-being of livestock and poultry, and for ensuring the quality, safety and availability of locally produced food in Ohio.
“We look forward to working with the Ohio General Assembly on the implementing legislation.”