As an animal owner I was completely stunned on June 30 with the announcement of the “agreement” between Gov. Strickland, OFBF/Commodity Leaders and HSUS.
In the weeks since, I have researched all three groups and the “agreement.” However, representatives of both the OFBF and the governor’s office give very different answers to the very same questions.
The HSUS — a lobbying organization with an operating budget of nearly 1 million dollars annually yet gives less than one tenth percent of its money to local humane organizations.
Congressional testimony states HSUS has given monetary and verbal support to smaller groups such as ALF and ELF, identified by FBI as eco-terrorists.
Digging deeper, a trend appeared as HSUS marched state to state in the name of animal rights; just prior to their arrival there always seems to be some group releasing undercover footage of alleged animal abuse. Tactic to generate support? So what is their agenda?
Their CEO stated it in Animal People News: “We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”
Strickland and OFBF — I spoke with Tim, one of the governor’s aides, and Chris from OFBF. Here are some of the results: Governor is for HSUS; OFBF is not but does agree with changes to livestock standards. Governor does support a ban on wild/dangerous animals and senate bill 95; OFBF has no jurisdiction over either — it was brought to the table by the governor, but they do recognize that these two groups are “collateral damage” in order to keep from a ballot fight.
Governor’s aide said the “agreement” is “just talk between the governor, HSUS and some other groups;” OFBF states it is signed by all nine parties: the governor, Jack Fisher, six heads of commodity group and HSUS. Someone should let the governor’s aides know he signed it on 7/21/10 so they can stop lying.
Our leadership is making deals with outside organizations that do not support animal ownership and using the animal industry as a buffer. The OFBF/commodity leaders signed an agreement on animals outside their jurisdiction.
Jack Fisher/commodity leaders, why did you not request that the livestock points be separated from the animal industry points? You cannot sign a 10-point agreement then come back and say you only agreed to seven of the 10.
Gov. Strickland, why would you make deals with organizations linked to eco-terrorists and say you support Ohio agriculture, FFA and 4-H? How can any of you think it is OK to let a 12.5 billion dollar income to this state be “collateral damage”?
Both the OFBF and Farm and Dairy posted articles earlier this year about the HSUS gathering signatures. I’ve got news for you Gov. Strickland, OFBF/commodity leaders. Ohioans do support FFA, 4-H, agriculture and the animal industry. However, I don’t think we will be supporting any of you. Maybe you all might just become “Collateral Damage.”