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by Charley Shaw
Published: June 14,2010
Time posted: 2:22 pm

The National Journal recently reported on an animal rights issue that appears to be another example of states serving as laboratories for the ambitions of national advocacy groups.

The magazine reported in detail about the efforts of the Humane Society of the United States and its political action committee, Humane USA, to place a constitutional amendment on the Ohio general election ballot this fall that would require livestock farmers to house their animals in a setting where they have enough space to move around rather than being confined to cramped spaces.

Animal rights groups appear to be targeting states where ballot access is easier than in Minnesota, where legislators must first pass a ballot question before it can be placed on the ballot.

But the profile of animal rights issues in Minnesota has increased somewhat in recent sessions. And one Minnesota agriculture policy expert said it’s likely animal...

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by Steve Kopperud, Executive Vice President – Policy Directions Inc.


If there is reason to despair for the fate of the Republic, it is our collective ability to take our advantages as Americans for granted, whether natural or wrought by the hand of man. I give you the subject of "food," as in what, when, how much, where it comes from, what was put on or in it, who controlled its growth, its processing and sales, and was it happy before it was yanked from the ground, snatched from its mother plant or walked up the ramp to the knock box.

The last decade has seen the rise of the "foodie," those folks who espouse all things organic, natural, holistic, bygone and local. This new voice in the politics of food is increasing in volume, and the noise is coming from chefs, boutique foodservice companies, organic producers with marketing dreams, or a new breed of "journalist" who, with just a Google search...

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TURNER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A civil settlement is expected to be announced in an animal cruelty case involving Maine's largest egg farm.

Last year, Quality Egg of New England in Turner came under scrutiny after an animal welfare group released video taken during an undercover investigation at the farm.

The tapes showed hens cramed into tiny cages and workers manhandling the birds. As a result of the investigation, the state raided the farm.

The animal protection agency involved in the investigation is expected to announce the details of the settlement with Quality Egg later in Lewiston.

 
Even humane facilities undertake precautions
BY HOLLY ZACHARIAH
Sunday, June 6, 2010  02:59 AM
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/06/farms
-beset-by-spies.html?sid=101


Dave Thorbahn knows his business is a target. Some of his 184 employees already have been offered cash to videotape what goes on inside his barns.

Who offered them the money or why, Thorbahn can't say. It could have been someone looking for trade secrets, but he suspects otherwise. He wonders whether it was someone working for an animal-rights organization that wanted a peek inside Select Sires, a bull-semen facility with 1,791 bulls in 57 barns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Thorbahn is president and CEO of the bovine-genetics business, which happens to have its headquarters along Rt. 42 near Plain City, with buildings directly across the highway from and beside Conklin Dairy Farms, a relatively small farm with just a handful of employees.

But Conklin's place has been the...

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Animal Rights Group Accuses Hatchery Of Abuse
June 3, 2010
http://www.ksbw.com/news/23782095/detail.html

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- The Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office said Wednesday that it does not plan to file charges against a Central Coast hatchery accused of animal abuse.

Washington D.C.-based animal rights group Compassion Over killing released a video that is says shows abuse to ducklings by Cal-Cruz Hatchery in Live Oak.

The group released the video Wednesday and said it was disappointed that the district attorney's office hadn't yet filed charges.

During a news conference, a group spokeswoman said they want the court of public to weigh in.

"It's disturbing to us that this case has not been taken to court, and that's why we're releasing this video," said Erica Meier, of Compassion For Killing. "We can show this video to the public and let the court of public opinion decide."

The president of the hatchery said the company is up to code and follows...

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