Ohioians: No matter how you vote on the issues, I wanted to pass this information on to you because it seems to be getting lost in the big $ being spent on misleading signs and tv ads

Four issues regarding Issue 2:

1) History
In November of 2008, Californians passed Proposition 2, the Standards for Confining Farm
Animals, which requires by January 2015 that certain farm animals be
confined only in ways that allow them to lie down, stand up, fully extend
their limbs and turn around freely. Florida, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado
have passed similar legislation.

Ohio currently
has more than 200 CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), and owners
are trying to prevent Ohioans from limiting them in the future. Issue 2 is
a preemptive strike to keep the status quo and permit more factory farms.

Issue 2 emphasizes the need of the livestock industry to provide "affordable food," yet ignores its hidden
costs, including environmental contamination, human health impacts, and
the loss of rural communities. Don't let Big Agribusiness get away with a
power grab that would codify abusive practices through the state
constitution. Please vote NO on Issue 2!

2) constitutional Amendment

The Ohio constitution exists to establish the structure and rules of our government and define
the rights of citizens. Its purpose is not to define the way a particular
industry operates. Issue 2 is an inappropriate use of the Ohio
constitution, and would set a dangerous precedent by creating a permanent
place for special interests in the constitution.

issue 2 would change the Ohio constitution to create a Livestock Care
Standards Board, stacked with Big Ag and factory farm supporters. The
board would have sweeping authority to make decisions related to farms and
food in Ohio that would have the force of law. It would override any act
by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Assembly, with no
accountability to the voters. There would be no further review or
evaluation of the standard, no established forum for public comment, and
no ability to appeal its decisions without a new constitutional amendment.

Abusing the Ohio Constitution to include a Livestock Care
Standards Board would set a dangerous precedent by creating a permanent
place for special interests in the constitution.

3) Issue 2 will edge out family and independent farms and encourage
factory farming.

· Continued use of antibiotics and growth hormones, genetically engineered animals, cloned
animals, NAIS (national animal identification system)

· Low doses of antibiotics are administered regularly to animals in a preemptive move to ward off the diseases bred by unnatural, unsanitary conditions.

· In addition to preventive medicines, animals are fed hormones and antibiotics to promote
faster growth.

· Pens and cages restrict the natural behavior and movement of animals. In some cases, such as veal
calves and mothering pigs, the animals can't even turn around.

· Metal buildings confine animals indoors, with minimal room for normal behaviors and little or no access to sunlight and fresh air.

· In Ohio, tens of millions of egg-laying hens, veal calves, and breeding pigs are confined in crates and cages where they can barely move an inch, many of them unable even turn around
or stretch their limbs. Six other states have passed laws to address this
type of extreme confinement, but Ohio is lagging behind.

· Animals are mutilated to adapt them to factory farm conditions. This includes cutting off the beaks of chickens and turkeys (de-beaking), and amputating the tails of cows and pigs (docking).

· Millions of newborn male chicks are systematically destroyed by suffocation, electrocution and being ground up alive at the hatchery, because male chicks do not lay eggs and are considered mere
"hatchery debris" on the way to becoming pet food and farmed animal feed.

· Turkeys in commercial hatcheries undergo a series of painful amputations during their first three hours
after breaking out of their shells. The newborn turkeys are dumped out of metal trays, jostled onto conveyer belts after being mechanically separated from cracked eggshells, then sorted, sexed, debeaked and detoed, all without anesthetic. Countless baby turkeys are "mangled from the
machinery," suffocated in plastic bags, and dumped into the
"same disposal system as the discarded egg shells they were separated
from hours earlier.

· Recent food safety issues, including e-coli breakouts and H1N1, are the result of confined animal
feeding operations which are a breeding area for more and more resistant
viruses and bacteria.

· Excessive waste created by large concentrations of animals is handled in ways that can pollute air
and water.

· Man-made lagoons on industrial farms hold millions of gallons of liquid waste, from which contaminants can leach into groundwater. The manure is normally sprayed on crops, but
often excessively, leading it to run off into surface waters. Nutrients
and bacteria from waste contaminate waterways, killing fish and shellfish
and disturbing aquatic ecosystems.

· Industrially produced food appears to be inexpensive, but the price tag
doesn't reflect the actual costs that we taxpayers bear.

a. Factory farms pollute communities and adversely affect public health, thereby increasing medical costs for those living near such farms-costs that are often shouldered by public budgets.

b. Taxpayers fund government subsidies, which go primarily to large industrial farms.

c. Jobs are lost and wages driven down, as corporate consolidation bankrupts small businesses and factory farms pay unethically low wages for dangerous, undesirable work.

4) Pro & Con Groups
The ballot issue is heavily backed by groups representing major agribusiness interests and opens the door for the proliferation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Ohio. Supporters
emphasize the need of the livestock industry to provide "affordable food," yet ignore its hidden costs, including environmental contamination, human health impacts, and the loss of rural communities.

The Ohio Cattlemen's Association

The Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Pork Producers Council

The broad coalition of organizations opposing Issue 2 includes:

OEFFA - Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association


The Akron Beacon Journal
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Columbus Dispatch
The Dayton Daily News
The Food and Water Watch
The Humane Society of Ohio

The Humane Society of the United States
The League of Women Voters of Ohio
The Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance
The Ohio Farmers Union
The Ohio League of Humane Voters
The Ohio Sierra Club


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Thanks for the heads up.
Unfortunately, I don't think the general populace had their ears on about this one. If I recall correctly, Issue 2 passed BIG. [sigh]
Yeah, it passed big. The supporters of the issue put out totally misleading ads. This issue was a change to the state constitution designed to stop any legislation proposed by the humane society.
It was a last minute, heavily financed, blitzkrieg attack by agribusiness.
Ohio is now even more a haven than it was for livestock operations that don't want to be bothered with pesky laws mandating humane treatment for their living commodities.
Well, my registration wasn't accepted even though it was sent on time...so I didn't get to vote.


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