These Are the People HSUS is Opposing

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) has appointed the first ten members of his state's Livestock Care Standards Board. This is the regulatory body, since carbon-copied in over a dozen states, that Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved last November as having the final say on how animal agriculture should be conducted in the Buckeye State.

Here's the list:

  • Stacey Atherton of Newark, co-owner of Shipley Farms.
  • Robert Cole of Gahanna, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture executive.

  • Harold Dates of Cincinnati, chief of the city’s Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  • Tony Forshey of Columbus, veterinarian for the state Department of Agriculture.

  • Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of Reynoldsburg, executive director of the state Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks and legislative liaison for the state Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

  • Jerry Lahmers of Newcomerstown, owner and operator of a family farm.

  • Jeffrey LeJeune of Wooster, associate professor for food and animal health at Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

  • Bobby Moser of Dublin, dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

  • Leon Weaver of Montpelier, owner of Bridgewater Dairy and a board member of the state Livestock Coalition and Dairy Industry Forum.

  • Jeff Wuebker of Versailles, co-owner of Wuebker Farms and president of the state Soybean Association.

Ohio's Agriculture Department Director (Robert Boggs) will also sit on the 13-member panel. State House Speaker Armond Budish (D) and state Senate President Bill Harris (R) each get to appoint one member too.

These are the people whose judgment HSUS believes is so horribly insufficient that voters simply must tie their hands and force them to demand HSUS-approved methods of handling farm animals.

Gee … four farmers, an SPCA director, a food bank executive, an Ohio State agriculture professor and the Ag School dean, a veterinarian, and a retired USDA expert?

Horrible. Hacks. Unqualified. They could clearly stand to learn about animal welfare from a bunch of activists who have no experience raising animals for food.

Yep—It's going to be a fascinating election season in the Buckeye State.