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clistguy - 9 years ago

Here is why food, farm and freedom groups all across the state and nation are opposed to Ohio Issue 2. 
Directly below is a Food and Water Watch release from

October 1, 2009
Ohio could become the first state to have corporate agribusiness acting
as judge, jury and executioner for all animal agriculture rules and
regulations. Who do you think their rules will favor? Safe, local,
sustainable agriculture, or the more than 200 factory farms already in
the state?
We’re hoping not to find out. That’s why Food & Water Watch
is working on behalf of our 5,000 Ohio supporters to Oppose Issue 2. Can
you help us defeat Issue 2 in Ohio?

In the most ambitious power grab we’ve ever seen, corporate agribusiness proponents are trying to write themselves into the Ohio constitution.

Technically the product of the Ohio General Assembly, the ballot issue is heavily backed by groups representing major agribusiness interests, including the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Pork Producers Council, and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. While masquerading as an attempt to improve food safety and animal welfare, Issue 2 would give a board of political appointees unchecked power to decide any and all regulations related to animal agriculture. The board could make decisions that would radically shift policy in any direction and would not require any public input process. This could include decisions on issues like the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, genetically engineered animals, cloned animals, animal ID and traceability, and factory farm zoning regulations.

The proponents of Issue 2 literally will be the foxes guarding the henhouse if Issue 2 passes, and they’re running a multi-million dollar campaign to make sure this happens. Worse yet, their slick campaign
tries to trick voters into thinking that Issue 2 will support safe, local food from small farmers.
We need you to help us get the truth out about Issue 2 and stop this greedy power grab in the Ohio Constitution.
Help us spread the word about Issue 2 and Vote NO on November 3rd!

The following is from:

The resolution now called Issue 2, requires the creation of a "Livestock Care Standards Board" that will alone have the authority to decide standards for care and treatment of livestock and "poultry" in Ohio. The Board would have sole authority in Ohio to "prescribe standards for animal care and well-being that endeavor to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families."

The 13 member Board, not voters or citizens or even their elected legislators, would determine issues including "agricultural best management practices for and well-being [of animals], biosecurity, disease prevention, animal morbidity and mortality data, food safety practices, and the protection of local, affordable food supplies for consumers..."

The Board would be weighted with industry representatives. It would be made up on representatives of Ohio family farms, farming organizations, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers, the dean of the agriculture department at an Ohio college or university and a county humane society representative. "[F]amily farms" is undefined.

It would mean agri-business would not be held accountable in Ohio for cruel treatment of farm animals. If the resolution is approved this November 3, 2009 by voters, it will be impossible to use ballot initiatives to pass anti-cruelty measures in Ohio for farm animals. Factory farm cruelty is likely to continue unabated in Ohio. It would mean loss of choice and freedom for Ohioans in the future on a range of issues. 

Also, there is no reason to think Issue 2 won't be said to apply to dogs and prevent regulation of commerical dog breeders or puppy mills. The words "livestock" and "animal" are left undefined in Issue 2. In Ohio dogs are  "subject to like restraints as other livestock." ORC Ann. 955.03 


The following is from:

Animal Care and Feeding Standards (Ohio  Issue 2) closely relates to NAIS (animal ID), Federal and state control of all waters on farms, the Food Safety Bill (farm food controls), various “health” issues at farms and farmers markets, among many other government/corporate assaults on farms and farmland. The bottom line is control and taking of these lands through trick ballots– such as the Water Protection (Deception) ballot in 2008.

This is all depicted by our theme, Animal Farm, for which a cartoon is provided below. (The Pigs are the Russian farmers, pre-revolution, used by the ruling class to create collective farms. The animals were given rights and “ownership”, the chiefs being Big Pigs, and the smaller animals became the working class slaves on their own farms– while the Pigs (Smithfield, Tyson etc) turned into socialist/fascists themselves) After using clever deception, including manipulation of the language, the end result is summed by Orwell as follows: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”).

Based on what is known, it seems like this could be “one small step for Little Chicken, one giant leap for Big Pig”— after all, as in George Orwell’s Animal Farm: “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”. In other words, it appears Issue 2 will promote and protect more and larger CAFOs in the state of Ohio.– Augie

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