As an exotic animal owner/breeder, I take great pride in being able to own, raise and sell animals to other responsible animal owners. All my animals meet and/or exceed state and federal guidelines in housing and care.
On June 30, Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the HSUS held a meeting, with little warning, to announce an agreement between Ohio and the HSUS regarding the care and treatment of livestock, exotic animals and companion pets, in lieu of the HSUS submitting 500,000+ signatures to allow the voters to decide this issue.
The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) defines the scope of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board we voted in last November, which was to stop this kind of action, to set care standards for livestock.
Livestock, per Ohio Revised Code, is defined as poultry, beef, swine, goat, sheep, alpacas and llamas. It does not include companion animals or exotic animals.
Jack Fisher of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation claims this to be victory for Ohio ag, when actually Mr. Fisher and our governor used the pet industry to soften the blow on Ohio ag.
We have stood by the side of our brother and sister farmers, knowing how close a tie our industry is to theirs, only to become pawns.
If you look at the OFBF’s website, many farmers are extremely unhappy with the entire result of this agreement. Seems the farmers understand much better than the Farm Bureau does the link between us.
I encourage everyone reading to let the governor and the OLCSB know that this agreement is unacceptable to the animal owners/farmers.
Wayne Pacelle of HSUS himself has stated, “We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals.” (Animal People News May 1, 1993). When fully enforced, HSUS will destroy the ag and pet industry in Ohio and only add to the already too high unemployment rate in this state and drive the cost of meat, poultry and eggs out of sight.
We need to educate the dog and cat owners that the HSUS is not in this to save their pets, they want them extinguished.
Don’t let HSUS win like they did in California; let’s stop them now before it is too late for everyone.