The Humane Society of the United States is proceeding toward placing a measure on the 2018 ballot that they claim would improve conditions for dogs raised by commercial breeders in Ohio. The standards would be placed into the Ohio Constitution.
The measure has been reviewed by the Ohio Ballot Board and Ohio Attorney General’s office, which opens the path for HSUS’ petition efforts. Valid signatures from 305,591 registered voters from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties must be submitted by July 4 in order for the measure to be on the November 2018 ballot.
The proposal sets standards on housing, exercise, food and water, socialization and veterinary care. It also addresses “safe breeding practices” and forbids sale of dogs from any facility not meeting the standards. Hobby breeders appear to be exempt.
The full ballot measure text can be read here.
With a potential ballot measure being almost a year away, Ohio Farm Bureau is taking the time to carefully consider the issue. One early concern is HSUS’ pursuit of a constitutional amendment just a few years after the organization supported new state laws that provide similar regulations.