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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

HSUS welcome to Missouri - Prop B passes

Agriculture is on the losing end.

American politics are interesting to me. I am a Canadian and can't vote, but I work here, and plan to make my life here. That includes one day citizenship, dual citizenship to be exact. Even though I can't cast my ballot what happened last night still affects me and my friends, the people raising and growing food for this country.

Prop B is an attempt to crack down on puppy mills in Missouri. However, it also was a successful attempt for HSUS to get their foot in the door, just like they did in California, and like they tried in Ohio. Agvocates for Agriculture and numerous other industry groups have wrote editorials about what Prop B means for agriculture, however what I want to point is something that is pretty scary wether the issue is Prop B or something else.

Courtesy of www.sos.mo.gov

13 counties decided the fate of Prop B. Kansas City and St. Louis to be more specific. 

If we want change made agriculturist need to stop talking to each other and move to where the people are. 


6 comments:

  1. Good post Crystal. I think these issues are nationwide and are usually highlighted most brightly in states that are largely rural but hold one mainly rural district. It is similar in Colorado where what Denver votes usually sways the outcome. True rural states such as Wyoming, Montana, the Dakota's etc... seem to have a more unified voice. It is very unnerving to see this trend as rural areas continue to lose population base.

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  2. Oops, I meant to say "are usually highlighted most brightly in states that are largely rural but hold one mainly urban district".

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  3. We have the same issue in Washington and Idaho. I am originally from Iowa which is a much more unified state when it comes to agriculture so coming to an area that was so polarized was an eye-opener for me.

    I definitely agree - we need to get out and do some footwork to educate the people who seem to have the majority vote.

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  4. Good post. Typically people in ciities do not understand the in- debth issues the ag bills. In the future we will have to educate the average city person...

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  5. yup, that was the strategy in Ohio. A few large cities would outvote the rural areas.

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  6. I am glad you mentioned the Missouri vote. A few years back the cock fighting / bear wrestling ban passed here. The people of Missouri soon found "animals used for entertainment" included rodeos, circuses, dogs for hunting, riding horses... it was repealed hastily. Now the animal "rights" folks are taking a slower approach at it. As a beef producer it bears close monitoring.

    Glad I found your blog. I am gonna add a link over at my site. Keep up the good work!

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