Good News for Oklahoma Farmers~Oklahoma sets priorities for the rest of the nation to follow
Oklahoma is taking measures to protect the state from HSUS/PETA/ASPCA and other animal rights NFP organizations, for the ‘mob mentality’ of Animal Rights Extremists opinion of what has always been considered proper farming methods and what will always be considered as proper farming methods. This sets a precedent for the rest of the country to protect it’s citizens just as Oklahoma is protecting their citizens, animals and the harvest.
Oklahoma Senate approves farming, ranching rights measure
OKLAHOMA CITY — A proposal that would let voters decide whether to enshrine the rights of farmers and ranchers in the Oklahoma Constitution is headed to a legislative conference committee.
The Senate on Monday passed House Joint Resolution 1006.
“The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices,” the measure states.
Critics say the proposed amendment is overly broad and could lead to pollution and animal abuse.
The measure was requested by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, which said it is needed to ensure laws aren’t passed dictating how farmers and ranchers raise crops and animals.
John Collison, Oklahoma Farm Bureau vice president of public policy, said the industry is a good steward of the land and livestock, adding that no one wants dirty water.
Laws are in place to protect rivers and streams, and that would not change, he said.
The goal of the measure is to prevent farmers and ranchers from being told what crops to grow or the type of cages used to raise chickens and hogs, he said.
“This is a very dangerous bill,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of the Humane Society of the Untied States. “It certainly gives sweeping protections that are vague to an entire industry that directly impacts our environment, public health, food safety and animal welfare. I think it has no business making its way to the ballot.”
Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, struck the bill’s title, ensuring the final version will be written in a joint conference committee. Fields, the Senate author of the measure, said the oil and gas industry had some concerns about the bill.
It passed the Senate floor by a vote of 44-3. The version written in conference committee must be approved by both the House and Senate and doesn’t require the governor’s signature.
Sen. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, voted against the measure. He said it was too broad and could have unintended consequences.
Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, also voted against the measure. She said putting such language in the Oklahoma Constitution pre-empts future regulatory authority
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