I am asking Ohio voters to support Issue 2 on Nov. 3, 2009. The possible consequences for consumers and Ohio agriculture are severe if Issue 2 does not pass.
I’m part of the fourth generation that operates Lausin Farms in Thompson, Ohio. In my lifetime of 71 years, I have experienced many changes in how we feed and care for our animals. In the 1940s and ’50s, you only called the vet when needed. Today, he comes bi-weekly and checks every animal that has been bred, calved or will calve soon. Our goal, and his, is to keep the herd healthy.
The ration that is fed to the animals is balanced to the needs of all segments of the herd. We take pride in producing high quality milk from healthy cows.
I support Issue 2 that will create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Issue 2 is a far better plan than extreme measures offered by Washington-based advocates for veganism and “animal rights” who seek extreme, costly, anti-farming regulations that will burden the production of meat, milk and eggs, until these products are no longer affordable to Ohioans.
The goal of the Humane Society of the United States is “refine, reduce and replace” animal food and products available to consumers. This could create severe consequences.
Please help us by voting “yes” on Issue 2, to preserve consumer choices of safe, high-quality and affordable food.