Stock Growers Exec: Initiative Criminalizing Animal Slaughter, Animal Husbandry Would Never Work In Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A recently proposed initiative that would essentially criminalize the slaughter and rearing of farm animals in Oregon would never gain traction in Wyoming, the executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association said this week.

Jim Magagna told the Cowboy State Daily on Monday that a proposed initiative for Oregon’s 2022 poll that would classify animal slaughter as aggravated abuse and redefine artificial insemination and castration as sexual assault is unlikely to pass. not in this state either.

“I’ve never heard of such an initiative in Wyoming, but the chances of it happening here are exactly zero,” he said.

However, he feared that such an initiative would even be proposed.

“It makes me wonder if there is any common sense left in Oregon,” he joked. “Colorado came up with something similar, although not as extreme, but it was rejected by the courts. If anything like this happened, it would effectively end the ranching industry in Oregon, which saddens me. ”

According to Farm Progress, the initiative petition 13 would remove farmers’ exemptions from existing laws prohibiting cruelty to animals and specifically target practices used for “(b) the breeding of domestic animals, livestock and equines”. A group called End Animal Cruelty is sponsoring the initiative.

The Abuse, Neglect and Assault Exemption Amendment and Improvement Bill would remove all references to “good breeding” from state law and only allow one animal to be injured in the event of human self-defense.

Spaying and neutering pets by a veterinarian would still be exempt from cruelty laws.

Although Magagna understood that there had been horror stories about slaughtering animals for meat, he said the agricultural industry has taken significant steps in recent years to raise and slaughter animals from ethical and human way.

Magagna said if the proposed initiative goes through, Oregon’s cattle will be sold and go to other states, with Wyoming likely being one of them, which have strong animal production industries.

There could be a slight increase in the economic impact for Wyoming if the initiative is passed in Oregon, but Magagna said it would be a blow to the ranching industry as a whole.

“Things like this are a sign of the direction a segment of our population is taking,” he said. “If some of these ideas gain a lot of force in Oregon or California, it could lead to policies at the federal level that could be damaging in Wyoming.”

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