I am a local retired food animal veterinarian. I am currently a beef and grain farmer here in Tuscarawas County and I support Issue 2.
The ability of farmers to provide safe, affordable, abundant, locally grown food is in jeopardy due to challenges from extreme animal rights activists based in Washington D.C.
Hiding behind the ruse of humane animal care their real agenda is to “refine, reduce and replace” meat, milk, and eggs in our food supply.
In an effort to combat this movement, a number of grassroots agriculture organizations have joined together in support of creating a livestock care standards board. Made up of citizens from Ohio, this board will contain experts from many disciplines such as veterinarians, food safety experts, an agriculture college dean, family farmers and a representative from a local humane society.
Among other duties, they will be charged with setting standards that will assure Ohio consumers that food grown in Ohio is safe, nutritious, abundant, affordable and raised with excellent livestock care standards.
A few have opposed creation of this board based upon the false premise that it will be all powerful, even a fourth branch of government. This is a false claim.
If Issue 2 passes, the legislative process will set the rules under which the board will operate. The operation of the board will come under the same system of checks and balances that all boards of the state of Ohio follow.
Ohio consumers want the assurance provided by the establishment of this board and Ohio animal agriculture needs it to have a future.
We, in agriculture, are proud of what we do and how we do it. Help us continue that long tradition. Vote Yes on Issue 2.
Tuscarawas Farm Bureau