Issue 2 on the Ohio state ballot would amend our state constitution to create a Livestock Care Standards Board, with very specific language regarding the appointment, membership and oversight responsibilities of the board. The proposal came about, in part, to forestall a ballot initiative from the Humane Society of the United States, which would have given voters the ability to consider issues such as the size of cages for egg-laying chickens and standards for "gestation confinement crates" for pregnant sows on large pig farms. The League of Women Voters of Ohio and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor agree that Issue 2 is inappropriate for the constitution, inserting language that is too specific for such a pivotal document, which should be a broad, clear statement of principles. The amendment attempts to control agriculture in a manner more appropriate for legislative action.
Other groups opposing this constitutional amendment include:
- Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover
- The Ohio Farmers Union
- Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
- Public Animal Welfare Society
YouTube offers another testimonial: This Chicken Urges Ohio to Vote No on Issue 2
Issue 2 proponent's viewpoint: Ohioans for Livestock Care.