Animal Welfare On The Ballot In November

A group in Ephrata is pushing for failure of MA Question # 3 saying it’s too expensive. This is the usual reason given to maintain the status quo.
http://www.lancasterfarming.com/news/northern_edition/committee-vote-no-on-mass-animal-welfare-question/article_f4068527-1ff4-5d37-9f50-c6b0ba21c8e5.html

Exposing the Big Game

DANIEL ACKER / REUTERS

When voters go to the polls this November, they won’t only be making critical decisions about who represents them in the White House, Congress and state and local offices. In a number of states, the people will vote on the humane treatment of animals—deciding whether to adopt policies on factory farming, wildlife trafficking and other animal protection issues.

Since the early 1990s, The Humane Society of the United States and allied organizations have been involved in about 50 statewide ballot contests, and voters have sided with animals about 70 percent of the time. They’ve banned cockfighting in three of the last states where it remained legal (Arizona, Missouri and Oklahoma), set humane treatment standards for dogs in the largest puppy mill state (Missouri), stopped extreme confinement of animals on factory…

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