Many Ohioans that voted for the existence of the Livestock Care Board are puzzled. Voters were led to believe that the Care Board would carefully examine existing animal husbandry practices, making changes only in those rare cases where change was justified.
The first year seems to have produced quite the opposite. First Strickland and select farm advocates made a deal with HSUS. Honestly it looked like blackmail. Who gave these folks the power to undermine what the voters had created by Constitutional amendment?
The Livestock Care Board needs to be democratic and autonomous. Instead it appears they have to react to the liking of HSUS or they will put their own amendment on the ballot — blackmail, once again.
The constitutionality of a special interest group changing proven and humane animal husbandry practices seems questionable. Why does our legal system allow this practice? I wonder what would happen if citizens passed an amendment that Walmart could no longer sell products made in China?