Even before the barbaric video tape was released last week by Mercy For Animals that showed cruel and abusive treatment to cows at the Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio; a grassroots organization was working hard to change farming practices in the state.
Ohioans for Humane Farms is a coalition of animal welfare, family farming, food safety, and environmental advocates that are spearheading a campaign to put a citizen-sponsored proposal on Ohio’s November 2010 ballot. The initiative will give voters a voice on how animals are treated on factory farms. It will require the Ohio Livestock Board to adopt specific standards that will prevent the type of animal abuse, documented by Mercy For Animals, from happening in the future.
Here are some of the specific practices Ohioans for Humane Farms lists on their website that the initiative would stop:
“The ballot measure is backed by The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, the Consumer Federation of America, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Ohio SPCA, the Toledo Area Humane Society, the Geauga Humane Society, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Medina County SPCA, and a growing list of organizations.”
Ohioans for Humane Farms must get 600,000 signatures for their measure to get on the ballot and reach voters. Click here to see how you can help.
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