Keith Campbell’s letter to Farm and Dairy contains an inaccuracy. He states that during a phone conversation concerning the livestock care agreement signed by the Humane Society of the United States and Ohio’s farm organizations, I said Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) considers wild and dangerous animals “collateral damage.”
I did not make that comment, nor is that the view of our organization.
Regarding nonlivestock provisions of the agreement, OFBF has committed to protecting dog breeders’ rights to utilize responsible animal husbandry and business practices in areas such as genetics, nutrition, housing and marketing, including the auction system.
For owners of animals deemed wild and dangerous, we encourage breeders to work with elected officials and state agencies as the specifics are decided and we will assist any Farm Bureau members impacted by the agreement.
Further, OFBF will work with other nonlivestock animal trade associations regarding how the care board concept might be a model for other animal industries.
All animal producers can benefit from a system that meets animal owners’ needs while satisfying consumer expectations.
(The author is director of legislative relations with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.)