Anticipating a continued assault on animal agriculture, a couple of bills are up for votes in the Missouri legislature. One bill, HCS HJR 61 – ‘Right to Raise Livestock’ is sponsored by Rep. Tom Loehner, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The bill states: This proposed constitutional amendment affirms the right of persons to raise cattle, calves, sheep, swine, poultry, goats, horses, other equine, or rabbits in a manner adhering to state and local laws and ordinances as enacted on August 28, 2012, or at the commencement of operations, whichever is later. No law affecting the manner in which animals are being raised can be enacted by an initiative petition.
Another bill, sponsored by Rep. Ward Franz, prohibits any state law from providing an animal a right, privilege, or legal status that is equivalent to or exceeds those of a human being. With animal rights organizations trying to confer legal rights to animals on par with humans, this might be one of the most important pieces of legislation that needs to be passed.
Other states besides Missouri are pro-actively fighting back against anti-animal agriculture entities.
Who would have thought that we would ever need laws affirming our right to raise livestock or laws prohibiting animals from having the same legal status as humans. It’s a strange world we live in!
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