Where I come from, we farmers care about each other — regardless of what type of operation or husbandry practices we use. We help each other, support each other, and are concerned for each others well being.
Obviously, the farmers on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board are not where I come from. Not only are they completely unconcerned about fellow farmers, they sold out all Ohio farmers.
Where I come from, our veterinarians are not only concerned about our animals’ well-being, but equally concerned about farmers’ profitability. They don’t judge us based on our husbandry methods — but use scientifically proven facts to help farmers have healthy, content and profitable animals.
The veterinarians on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board are not where I come from: They ignore scientifically proven facts and don’t give a hoot about farmers’ profitability.
Where I come from, we instill strong moral values in our children. We teach them that everyone has opinions, but just because they may not agree with someone, everyone is entitled to his opinion and we don’t push opinions onto others, we tolerate others. We also instill into them that they must do what is morally correct, even if it is unpopular or if others are pressuring them.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is not from where I am from — they allowed public opinion to override what was morally correct and caved in from outside pressure.
Where I come from, we have constitutional rights. We have the right to own and protect property. We also have the right to be adequately reimbursed in the event of a government-mandated takeover of our property.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is also under this same rule, but has blatantly stripped us of our rights. They are infringing on our animal ownership rights and have not made any reimbursement monies available to farmers who are forced to change their husbandry methods to satisfy the boards’ regulations.
Where I come from, we farmers are aware that the world population is counted in the billions and that food supplies will be stretched for many. We care about our fellow human beings no matter where they are. We try to ensure a food supply at reasonable prices, using scientific based husbandry methods.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is not from where I am — all they care about is pleasing the animal rights groups that have been attacking farmers for years.
The members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is an abomination. They have completely ignored scientific facts and disregarded farmers’ pleas. They have pushed regulations based on public opinion from people who don’t consume animal products or know anything about animals.
We expect the animal rights groups to be completely uncaring and selfish, but not the members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Once again, we farmers have been sold out.
One of these days, we must pull ourselves together and fight for our rights — it is obvious now that no one else will do that for us.
New Matamoras, Ohio
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