Putting Amendment on November Ballot

by Emily Baird on February 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Ohioans for Humane Farms are attempting to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The group is backed by several state of federal organizations and approached the Ohio Attorney General about the issue.

The Human Society of the United State’s Website states that the amendment would allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which was part of State Issue 2 that passed last November, to follow certain standards to prevent inhumane treatment to farm animals, but the board hasn’t been formed yet.

"We’re hoping that Ohio voters will have the opportunity to let what they put in place actually have some time and actually see if the Animal Care Board can do its job before there’s an amendment to it, " says Farm Bureau Organizational Director, Kari Burkey.

Burkey says she thinks Ohio farmers have differing opinions over the issue.

"Farmers are obviously concerned about humane treatment with their animals, but we also have to look at the cost of food on our shelves and safety of food. So, we’ve got to have the scientific basis in there as well and not just make a decision based on emotions, " says Burkey.

To get the amendment on the November ballot, the group must collect over 400 thousand Ohio signatures on its petition.