Animal Farm 2009– Ohio Issue 2

Animal Farm 2009

by Augie

animalfarm1 There are three cute videos below– including Animal Farm, The Meatrix and Store Wars which help to get the Vote NO on Issue 2 message across.

An Ohio constitutional amendment will be on the November ballot to create a Board for Livestock Care Standards. It will develop farm animal care and feeding standards to create rules to be enforced by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) The board will also consider agricultural best management practices, biosecurity on livestock farms, animal disease prevention, food safety and food production economics. See our entire series on the potential Animal Care and Feeding laws.

According to a number of sources, Issue 2 is meant for all farm animals and all farms. But is it meant for the Factory Farms and CAFOs? Not really.

Based on what is known, it seems like this could be “one small step for Little Chicken, one giant leap for Big Pig”— after all, as in George Orwell’s Animal Farm:

“all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.

In other words, it appears Issue 2 will promote and protect more and larger CAFOs in the state of Ohio, the opposite of what the public is led to believe on the radio and glossy literature and the yard signs.

Animal Care and Feeding Standards (Ohio  Issue 2) closely relates to NAIS (animal ID), Federal and state control of all waters on farms, the Food Safety Bill (farm food controls), various “health” issues at farms and farmers markets, among many other government/corporate assaults on farms and farmland. The bottom line is control and taking of these lands through trick ballots– such as the Water Protection (Deception) ballot in 2008.

This is all depicted by our theme, Animal Farm, for which a cartoon is provided below. (The Pigs are the Russian farmers, pre-revolution, used by the ruling class to create collective farms. The animals were given rights and “ownership”, the chiefs being Big Pigs, and the smaller animals became the working class slaves on their own farms– while the Pigs (Smithfield, Tyson etc) turned into socialist/fascists themselves) After using clever deception, including manipulation of the language, the end result is summed by Orwell as follows: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”).

The small sustainable, organic-type farmers already use methods that far exceed any standards the Board and ODA would make. Should they force new rules on this market segment, they will be in for a big fight!

It would be ideal if these standards would be voluntary between the farmers, packers and grocers—and let the market decide and vote with their dollars. I do not think there is any need for big industry to enlist big government to write rules to enforce on the small farmer to protect their market and carry out the dirty work. It may pave the way for more and larger CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) in Ohio.

Something smells with this deal. The Cleveland Plain Dealer publisher sniffed it out and said this was “Hogwash.”

Watch the 32,000 cow dairy in Indiana. These are the types of factory farms that would proliferate under Issue 2- Animal Care Laws.

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more about “From Grass to Glass“, posted with vodpod

This cute cartoon depicts the factory farm and food processing:

Cartoon:  Not long ago in a supermarket not so far away.  Help fight the dark side of the farm. Featuring Cuke Skywalker, OB Canola and Dark Tater. Fun for kids of all ages!

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more about “Grocery Store Wars“, posted with vodpod

One response to “Animal Farm 2009– Ohio Issue 2

  1. john p. jankowski

    Content cows, like content people, are rarely healthy cows. A person might be content, even happy, with being a couch potato, eating three meals a day in front of a television screen. Unfortunately, such a lifestyle has its pitfalls–like an early death, as nature has a way of asserting itself. Pasture is as important to cows as it is to people. Swine flu and mad cow are nature’s way of saying “I told ya so.”

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