Governor, Agricultural Leaders and Humane Society Announce Agreement to Remove HSUS Ballot Initiative, Enhance Animal Welfare and Care Standards
Columbus, OH – What almost sounded on its surface like a victory speech for the Humane Society of the United States at the press conference announcing an agreement with the group and Ohio agriculture is not what it appears. The concessions from Ohio agriculture are little more than some recommendations, a few maybes and a solid “I’ll-definitely-give-the-idea-some-serious-consideration.” In return, HSUS is giving up on their ballot measure this fall.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, the major organizations representing livestock producers and other agricultural interests and the Humane Society of the United States announced a joint agreement which will result in the Humane Society not pursuing a ballot initiative this fall and enhance animal welfare and animal care standards.
“This agreement represents a joint effort to find common ground. As a result, Ohio agriculture will remain strong and animals will be treated better,” Strickland said.