As we get ready to elect our Ohio leaders and possibly a new governor we need to consider which of them has done the best for Ohio and which have not. Let’s look at some facts.
Agriculture has a long history and remains a huge part of this state. Gov. Strickland, the commodity leaders and Jack Fisher of the Farm Bureau made a back room deal June 30 with vegan agenda pushing outsiders, the HSUS.
Ask yourself why our leaders would make back room deals in private with outsiders that do not support animals, a huge part of Ohio’s history and thousands of jobs.
I applaud the Livestock Care Standards Board for standing up to HSUS demands and telling them they will consider items of the agreement along with other recommendations. That is what they should do. For reasons unknown, OFBF went outside of its state policy by signing the agreement.
The farmers, hunters/trappers, rural Ohioans, Amish and the animal owners, along with other organizations that support animal ownership, gave money and time to get Issue 2 passed in 2009 and got a slap in the face for it.
HSUS/Ohioans for Humane Farms and Mercy For Animals attacked first. Paid signature gatherers for HSUS/Ohioans for Humane Farms lied to Ohioans by stating the OFBF supported the ballot initiative as reported by a Tuscarawas newspaper.
They do nothing to support local animal shelters and publicly state they push a vegan agenda, a direct opposition to Ohio farming. MFA video released while signatures were being gathered appears a strategic move to gain momentum.
As an Air Force veteran, serving during four different conflicts, I learned that you strike hard and fast, hit your target and leave the opposition with no option except damage control.
History shows in 1972 we defeated the anti-trapping activists; in the 1990s we defeated the anti-dove hunting activists; in 2009 we defeated them by passing Issue 2; and we can do it again in 2010.
Now is the time to show just how united Ohio’s farmers, hunters/trappers and all animal owners really are. There may be only a few voices standing up in the papers and Internet, but there are more than 11 million Ohioans, and how many of them own animals?
You may not be a farmer, hunter or a trapper, but don’t think that makes you safe from the activist agenda. Your family pets are on their list. We need leaders that will stand up for Ohioans and our rights, not make back room deals in private.
I was born and raised here. I have fought for freedom. I am a responsible animal owner and as long as the activists push their vegan beliefs in this state, I’ll stand up and tell them “get out.” I am Ohio!