Monday, March 2, 2009

Livestock Protection Legislation Gains More Support

Farm Bureau supports livestock preemption legislation

The state's largest farm organization is throwing its support behind legislation that will protect animal agriculture in Oklahoma.

Representative Don Armes and Senator Mike Schulz have authored companion bills referred to as livestock preemption legislation.

The bills, HB 2151 and SB 452, are aimed at avoiding a ballot initiative such as what happened last November in California with Proposition 2. That legislation outlaws the confinement of certain production livestock. The proposition was strongly supported by animal rights activists.

"It (HB 2151) is focused on setting a standard for the care and handling of livestock in Oklahoma," said Rep. Armes. Read More

Oklahoma’s bill to protect it’s livestock industry and food production industry from the Humane Society of the United States continues to work it’s way through the legislature. It is essential that we protect our ability to produce a home-grown food supply. While HSUS would rather our food come from a foreign country, the majority of Americans realize that only America’s farmers and ranchers can produce the safest, most affordable food supply in the world.

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