Animal Rights

HSUS and Political Interference in Ohio

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HSUS: “an elitist organization”

These are the words used at the April 8th meeting of the Ohio Livestock Coalition by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs to describe HSUS.

Small wonder. HSUS brazenly dismissed the credentials of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board without even waiting to see who would be named directors of that regulatory body. Ohioans for Humane Farms, one of HSUS’s many front groups, is already out collecting signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot so that HSUS could dictate the sort of regulations the Livestock Care Standards Board would be compelled to follow. It is political interference of the most odious stripe, since Ohioans already voted overwhelmingly in favor of establishing the Livestock Care Standards Board to set the standards and regulation for livestock care.

Despite the HSUS challenge, Ohio has gone ahead and appointed its directors of the Livestock Care Standards Board.  They are:

 - Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs

- Tony Forshey, state veterinarian for ODA

- Leon Weaver, of Montpelier, owner, Bridgewater Dairy and veterinarian

- Jeff Wuebker, of Versailles, conowner of Wuebker Farms

- Bobby Moser, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University

- Jeffrey LeJeune, of Wooster, associate professor for Food and Animal Health at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at the Ohio State University

- Harold Dates, of Cincinnati, president and CEO of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati

- Jerry Lahmers, of Newcomerstown, cow/calf feedlot and grain farmer and served as a veterinarian for 29 years

- Lisa M. Hamler-Fugitt, of Reynoldsburg, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks

- Robert Cole, of Gahanna, retired from various roles for the U.S. Department of Agriculture

- Stacey Atherton, of Newark, co-owner of Shipley Farms and 4-H club adviser

- Bill Moody, of Knox County, former deputy director of the Ohio Department of natural Resources and family farmer

- Dominic Marchese, of Farmdale, in Trumbull County, Navy veteran, farmer and member of the Ohio Wildlife Council

(Source: Governor Strickland’s office)

One cannot help but wonder why HSUS feels compelled to interfere in this way with these democratically appointed regulators. 

Perhaps HSUS believes animal rights supercede human rights.