Applause for Doug Wolf, president of the National Pork Producers Council who raises hogs and cattle as well as corn, soybeans and alfalfa in Lancaster, Wis.
He authored a tell-it-like-it-is piece for the Chicago Tribune "Recipe for a Federal Take Over of Farming" regarding his objections -which should be all livestock owners' objections - to federal bill H.R. 3798. This is the bill that has the support of the United Egg producers who agreed to back positions held by the Humane Society of the United States regarding how chickens should be raised. Click here for their take on the legislation.
Maybe you don't have a single chicken on your place, but if you do have cattle, hogs, sheep or goats you should care deeply about this bill.
From Wolf's article...
"If some producers want to cooperate with the animal-rights movement and agree to specific rules for raising their animals, that's their business.
But when they write those rules in federal law, that's everyone's business — at least all of us in agriculture. By injecting the federal government into the marketplace with no benefit to the public or animal health, it has the potential to irreparably damage the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers across the country.
It also likely would lead to higher food prices, fewer consumer choices and scarce federal resources being redirected away from assuring safe food and other things the government should be doing."
Wolf is spot-on when he calls this "a recipe for a federal takeover of farming." If you are a livestock producer large or small, you must be familiar with what the Bill is suggesting and be vocal in your opposition. Once these decisions are taken out of the hands of the real animal experts we all lose--consumers and farmers alike.
Or one day we may be saying which came first...the chicken or the legislation?