Paul Shapiro spoke to me on Saturday’s Vegan.com podcast about Ohio’s Issue 2. Today CivilEats.com published a piece by him that covers all the details.
Unfortunately, while designed to give the appearance of helping farm animals, Issue 2 is little more than a power grab by Ohio’s agribusiness lobby. The industry-dominated “animal care” council that Issue 2 proposes is really intended to thwart meaningful improvements in how Ohio factory farms treat tens of millions of farm animals.
The Ohio Farm Bureau is explicit that its goal with Issue 2 is to try to prevent potential statutory ballot measures like California’s Prop 2 that would require modest farm animal welfare improvements.
Let’s hope enough Ohio voters catch on in time to what this measure is really all about. Link.