The 655 farm families who are members of the Ross County Farm Bureau, a local grassroots, member-based organization, would like to ask you for your support this year as you might be hearing from people who claim to be looking out for the "best interest" of us and our livestock.

A group by the name of "Ohioans for Humane Farms," a political front-group funded by the out-of-state animal rights activist organization, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), has begun recruiting people to sign a petition to enact an unprecedented power grab of the Ohio Constitution.

While Ohioans overwhelming supported Issue 2, The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, in November, HSUS is trying to overturn the will of the people.

Issue 2 was not meant to codify specific standards into the constitution. Rather, the referendum by the people was designed to establish a board of Ohio experts in food safety, animal welfare, veterinary medicine, academia and farming to properly research and establish high standards for Ohio's livestock farmers to abide by in an open and transparent process.

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