A growing backlash

Buckeye Farm News

While recording an upcoming edition of OFBF’s radio program Town Hall Ohio, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine reacted to HSUS’ ballot proposal.

“We don’t need extreme out-of-state groups coming into Ohio,” said DeWine.

HSUS is “clearly out of touch with Ohioans,” said Redfern.

The livestock care board was approved by Ohio voters this past November by a nearly two-to-one margin.

“It’s pretty remarkable. We haven’t even had a chance to write the rules and somebody else is going to tell us what the rules should be,” Redfern said.

The HSUS ballot proposal “just shows the political angle of the Humane Society, and I would just tell them to back off,” said DeWine.

The Columbus Dispatch also recently editorialized against HSUS’ plans saying Ohio voters put the livestock care board in place and it should be given a chance to work.

The Zanesville Times Recorder wrote that the HSUS should “cage itself.”

The movement against HSUS is growing beyond the Ohio effort.  When Yellow Tail Wines recently announced that it would be donating $100,000 to HSUS, farmers and sportsmen from around the country posted thousands of comments on the winery’s Facebook page sharply criticizing the move and creating an uncomfortable public relations situation for the company.

Another Facebook group that was formed to oppose HSUS has grown to more than 18,500 members.  The Center for Consumer Freedom, a leading HSUS critic, announced the launch of a new Web site, www.HumaneWatch.org, because “even dog watchers need a watch dog.”

A blog post on the website MikeRoweWorks.com condemned HSUS and explain the effect that California’s Prop 2 could have on farmers.  

“Is Mr. (Pacelle) and the Humane Society and all the well meaning animal savers going to go get these laws passed in every single state in the nation so that one day we wake up and every single farmer is out of business unless they grow vegetables? Are we going to go from watching the ruin of the auto industry to watching the ruin of the farmer?” he wrote. (Read his full comments at http://tinyurl.com/roweonhsus)

Nonetheless, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle boasted in a recent news report, “We have never failed on an initiative about farm animals.”

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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