Fisher: HSUS should become part of Ohio’s livestock care process, not hijack it

Ohio, through the passage of Issue 2 last November, and the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, has already stepped up for animal welfare. The Humane Society of the United States should become a part of the process, instead of trying to hijack it.

That is Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher’s response to Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, who, in a letter to the editor in the Feb. 18 Columbus Dispatch, said the “State should step up for animal welfare.”

In Fisher’s response, published in the Feb. 21 Columbus Dispatch, he said the “thoughtful, comprehensive and inclusive system (set up through Issue 2) apparently isn’t good enough for out-of-state animal-rights activists who believe their ideas are superior to the will of Ohio’s voters.”

“The Washington, D.C.-based HSUS, which is not the parent organization of local humane societies, has prepared to hire paid signature gatherers in an effort to place a measure on the November ballot to undo Issue 2,” states the letter from Fisher. “Its plan would dictate that HSUS values become part of the Ohio Constitution.”

“Among those values, as explained on the society’s Web site, is the incremental removal of meat, milk and eggs from the human diet. Regarding Pacelle’s feeling that he was rebuffed by Ohio farmers, I would argue the contrary.”

Read Fisher’s letter in its entirety.

Get the latest news and updates on the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board News page.

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