Minnesota Farmer

HSUS takes aim at Ohio’s farm Animals
February 8, 2010, 12:43 pm
Filed under: Ag education, Animal care, Farm, farm animals, make a difference, Politics

Forgive me for doing this, but this issue is too big to ignore.  The following is lifted from the Corn Soybean Digest.  We are talking bout the future of agriculture in the U.S.  If we do nothing we all lose.

By Greg Lamp Editor glamp@csdigest.com

“Well-known quarterback Michael Vick, incarcerated for operating a dog-fighting ring, is back playing NFL football. Unfortunately, he’s also providing outreach for the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS).

It’s moves like this that give animal activist groups like HSUS more money, power and influence than they deserve. Ultimately, it affects all livestock producers and crop farmers across the country.

Last year about this time, HSUS marched into Ohio to meet and negotiate with poultry, beef and pork producers. “Plain and simple, negotiate meant they were here to put animal agriculture out of business with total disregard for available scientific evidence on animal well-being,” says Jeff Wuebker, a farmer from Versailles, OH, and president of the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA).

OHIO AGRICULTURE SWUNG into action and created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board through a resolution called Issue 2 that passed last November. Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 2 with 87 of 88 counties voting for it.

For that to occur, a coalition was formed that raised over $4.8 million to support Issue 2. In fact, soybean associations from a 10-state area pumped in $400,000 for support; OSA kicked in $200,000 of that.

The 13-member board’s charged with ensuring livestock well-being, maintaining food safety and assuring a locally grown and raised food supply. The board is composed of a broad-based group of Ohio experts.

“They’ll look at standards for disease, biosecurity, food safety and food affordability,” says Wuebker, who runs an 1,800-sow operation with his brother Alan.

The saga is far from over. HSUS doesn’t give up that easily.

“We hope they don’t come this year, but they said they would. They’ll need 400,000 signatures to get on a ballot and it will probably cost them a half million dollars,” Wuebker says.

Already, HSUS has started to organize, and Wuebker says Ohio farmers are expecting a battle. “HSUS has formed a PAC called Ohioans For Humane Farms,” he says. “They want animal ag out of business; we need to expose them.

“We’ve set a precedent with this new board and have raised public awareness. Still, they (HSUS) could take another run at animal care this month or next in Ohio and we have to be ready.”

Don’t forget, livestock is one of your best customers for corn and soybeans. About 45% of U.S.-grown soybeans and corn is fed back to livestock.

What can you do? Wuebker says start by visiting www.hsus.org and click on issues, then factory farming. You’ll see that HSUS doesn’t like any part of animal ag. Also, be an advocate for animal ag and support corn and soybean associations — who support animal ag at all levels.


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you probably won’t print this but your article is too biased and full of holes to be taken seriously. We know you depend on the money you make from ag/animals and will tear down anyone who gets between you and your money. The only ones who will buy into this will be your buddies who also make money from animals. And its no secret that HSUS DOES want to change the way animals are treated on factory farms. Like you said just go to hsus.org, so there’s no need to ‘expose’ anyone, its all there in black and white, plain as day for all to see, no covert operation here.

Comment by amber

Please enlighten me. But first understand that I’m from a small family farm, just me and my dad. We care about the animals we raise. What HSUS is trying to do is shut down all animal agriculture. The folks who want to move out to the country and have a few chickens for their eggs, some cows or goats for their milk will be hurt by HSUS also.
As you said I sent folks to HSUS to see for themselves. How about you visiting some family farms and seeing for yourself, but be warned, some family farms are really big now. Do you know why they raise animals the way they do?
Did you even check to see who you were writing to before you started sending accusations? You assumed a “factory farm.” Do you even know that I want to only enough to feed myself and my family. You can be sure that I work much harder for the few dollars I make than folks in the city because I like it here. How much money is the head of HSUS making. I know he is not doing it for nothing. Does he care how many he hurts as he makes a living?
The only ones who will buy what HSUS has to say is those who do not understand. Where is HSUS spending their money? Did you know that animals that HSUS “rescues” are abandoned for local folks to take care of and if no one wants them they recommend that they be killed?
Seek the truth, the truth will set you free.

Comment by Michael

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