The Humane Society of the United States has chosen Missouri as the next battleground in its efforts to restrict certain animal and livestock production practices, according to a release by the National Pork Producers Council. Members of livestock associations and faculty at the University of Missouri last week confirmed that the Missouri state director of HSUS filed two proposed initiative petitions.
While the HSUS initiative is directed at “puppy mills” in the state, the livestock industry is concerned that if the ballot initiative is approved, it could embolden HSUS to go after livestock and poultry producers.
HSUS has gotten initiatives banning sows stalls and laying hen battery cages in Arizona and California and threatened to push a similar initiative in Ohio. Last month, voters in Ohio approved their own initiative and established the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which will determine and enforce guidelines for the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in the state. The measure was strongly supported by the Ohio Pork Producers Council, National Pork Producers Council and other agriculture organizations in the state.
Source: National Pork Producers Council and Pork (sister publication to Dairy Herd Management)