Ohio voters approve animal care initiative

Voters approved Farm Bureau-backed plan by 2 to 1 margin.

Published on: Nov 4, 2009
Ohio voters agreed Tuesday to create a state board to protect the state's livestock industry.

State Issue 2, a constitutional amendment to establish the 13-member Livestock Care Standards Board, was being approved by about 64 percent of voters, according to partial, unofficial results last night from the Ohio secretary of state.

The Issue 2 vote was a big victory for farmers and business interests -- along with Gov. Ted Strickland -- who campaigned hard for it in hopes of blocking liberal animal-care reforms advocated by the Humane Society of the United States.

But Ohioans might get to do it all again next year.

Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the national Humane Society, said he expected to lose but reaffirmed what he'd said before: They'll be back.

More coverage via the Columbus Dispatch.