Oregon animal rights thugs are seeking to literally outlaw livestock production in an initiative that state human hate groups are collecting signatures to get on the November ballot. If this passes, the entire livestock industry will be criminalized since there will be very little under the state’s animal cruelty laws that would not be considered a crime punishable with jail time and heavy fines.
Anti-animal ag initiative raises alarm among Oregon farm group
Initiative Petition 13 would strip away most protections for livestock producers under the state’s animal abuse laws
Animal agriculture could soon be considered animal cruelty under a proposed ballot measure in Oregon.
Farm groups are pushing back against Initiative Petition 13, which would strip away most protections for livestock producers under the state’s animal abuse laws.
The result would effectively criminalize everything from slaughtering livestock to basic animal husbandry, including branding and dehorning cattle, castrating bulls and docking horses, sheep and pigs, said Mary Anne Cooper, vice president of public policy for the Oregon Farm Bureau.
The initiative also seeks to re-classify livestock breeding and artificial insemination as sexual assault of an animal — a Class C felony.
“It’s a very different tack than we have ever seen before,” Cooper said. “Basically, they’re looking to ban anything with animals that is not doctoring.”
Initiative Petition 13 was filed Nov. 2, 2020, with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. The chief petitioner is David Michelson, a Portland animal rights activist.
A similar proposal, called the Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation, or PAUSE, Act is also being pursued in Colorado.
The Oregon campaign recently cleared its first regulatory hurdle, submitting 1,000 sponsorship signatures for verification on April 28. If approved, supporters will need to collect 112,020 signatures to place the initiative on the November 2022 ballot.
Michelson did not return calls for comment.