05 May 2010

Volunteers needed to secure animal anti-cruelty measure on general election ballot

Ohioans For Humane Farms is looking for volunteers to help gather the remaining amount of over 600,000 signatures needed by June 30 to guarantee a spot on the general election ballot for a proposed anti-cruelty measure.

The measure would create standards that prevent cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals including the extreme confinement in tiny cages for months on end, allowing “downer cows” to enter the human food chain, and inhumane methods of euthanasia for sick and injured animals. The standards would have to be implemented by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board within 6 years of the measure passing.

Similar laws have already been enacted in Michigan, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, and Oregon.

The ballot measure is supported by a growing list of organizations, including Ohio SPCA, Toledo Area Humane Society, Geauga Humane Society, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Medina County SPCA, Humane Society of Richland County, Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League, Ohio League of Humane Voters, United Coalition for Animals, Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary, Sunrise Animal Sanctuary, Caroline's Kids Pet Rescues, Outreach for Animals, Mercy For Animals, Neighborhood Cat Helpers Animal Rescue , Soul Harbor, Kelley’s Kritters, The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, United Poultry Concerns, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Animal Place, Animal Law Coalition, Animal Acres, Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance, Farm Forward, ProgressOhio, National Black Farmers Association, Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – Social Justice Team, United Farm Workers, Center for Food Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Friends of the Earth, Organic Consumers Association, Greenpeace, Earth Day Network, Food Studies Institute, and Earth Save International.

To volunteer please sign up at ohiohumane.com or email us and we will put you in touch with the campaign coordinator.  If you are unable to volunteer but would like to have your signature added to the initiative, please email us and we will get you in contact with a local volunteer.

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