In August 2010 HSUS started its first phase of killing Ohio farms. They were given all the help they needed by the Ohio Farm Bureau and ex-Gov. Ted Strickland.
But maybe it started before then; maybe it started a year earlier when the Ohio Farm Bureau pushed the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Telling voters the board would save the state from animal rights groups. Maybe the plan was to set up a board that could push laws though faster, making it easier for HSUS.
For years Ohio farmers have believed in the Farm Bureau. It’s easy to buy something if you trust the person selling it to you. So it seems HSUS is in control of the board. HSUS now is telling the board how we can house our animals. Telling ODNR what animals we can raise. How they are in control of our state.
Have we let the animal rights people take over? Have we, as Ohio farmers, lost are will? Are we just going to let them run are lives? When will it end, when we have lost our farms? Will we do nothing and let them take away our way of life?
They paint this nice picture of organic farms which are OK with free-range, grass-feed chickens, beef, pork and veal. But the fact is not all Ohioans, not all Americans, can afford organic free-range, grass-fed food. The fact is most Ohioans can’t afford to eat. HSUS says farmers beat our cows to make them milk.
I was raised on a dairy farm; our cows would stop producing if a new person was in the barn. How much milk do you think you would get if you beat her? The fact is cows don’t give milk if they are upset nor will chickens lay eggs if they are upset. Fact is sows kill their babies by laying on them if you turn a sow loose in a field. Then tell me how much pork will go up?
The animal rights groups show videos of pigs screaming. All you have to do is touch one and you would think you killed it. The animal rights groups show hens with no feathers. What they don’t tell you is hens lose their feathers — it’s call molting.
We as Ohioans can’t depend on the Ohio Farm Bureau to help; we must do this as one group, one voice. We must stand as one in all areas on animal ownership or HSUS will take our farms, homes and our way of life. Animal owners do not beat or torture our animals. Ohio animal owners care for our animals in snow, rain, sleet and heat.
Stand up. Call ODA, ODNR, Gov. Kasich, your congressmen and your senators. Voice your opinion, let them know we are one voice. As elected officials, they need to stand up to the radical animal rights groups so we can keep our farms, incomes and most of all, our animals.
Big Prairie, Ohio
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