2009.10.21 Roy Norman: 'Yes' on Issue 2

Written by David Green.

I urge you to vote YES on Issue 2. On November 3rd, Ohioans will have a great opportunity to support Ohio farmers by voting YES on State Issue 2 to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Out-of-state animal rights activists groups are threatening Ohio farmers with a ballot initiative in 2010 that would ban common livestock practices. By voting YES on Issue 2, you will send a message to the out-of-state activists that Ohioans want no part of their anti-meat, anti-livestock, vegetarian society.

Issue 2 is a common sense approach to livestock care. Issue 2 will protect Ohio’s number one economic contributor—agriculture. Issue 2 will bring a wide range of farmers and livestock experts together to establish livestock care rules based on science and facts, instead of fear, emotion and the vegetarian agenda of animal rights groups.

Issue 2 will assure Ohioans continue to enjoy a safe, affordable, and locally grown food supply. Issue 2 will assure that Ohioans have a choice at the grocery store and it will protect the farmer’s choice of production methods.

The creation of the Livestock Care Standards Board belongs in the Ohio Constitution. There are several Boards, Issues and Programs that were added to the Ohio Constitution which benefit all Ohioans. Issue 2 is the same. Issue 2 protects Ohio agriculture, assures that Ohioans will continue to enjoy safe affordable food, assures the consumer has a choice of animal protein products, and protects the farmer’s choice of livestock production practices. If that doesn’t belong in the Constitution, what does?

Folks, ultimately our farm animals become part of our food supply, and animal rights groups can’t handle that fact. Help Ohio farmers send a message to the out-of-state activists. Yote YES on 2.

– Roy D. Norman

Organization Director, Fulton-Henry-Williams-Defiance County Farm Bureaus

 

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