The day after an election is sort of like New Year’s day— it rolls out a new start, and there’s a bit of a hang-over as you look to see how your fellow citizens performed. In
This follows a similar development that occurred in
It is worth noting that
In a response to the Arizona initiative, the National Pork Producers Council said: “It is regrettable animal rights groups were successful in vilifying honest, hardworking farmers and ranchers who treat their animals humanely and provide them a safe, healthy environment in which to grow….Lessons learned in Arizona will be valuable as these anti-agriculture groups take this issue to other states.”
American consumers are at least two generations removed from hands-on agriculture, that gap is only going to increase. They will be easy targets to be swayed by questionable information, and the well-funded national animal rights groups will continue to have an edge over agriculture.
This will be a tough challenge. While it’s easy and accurate to focus on the animal activists’ desire to control or eliminate animal agriculture, what cannot be lost in all of this is that consumers want and expect animals raised for food to be handled in a “responsible” manner. Those consumers will define what is responsible.