Humane Society contributes to opponents of farming amendment

The Brandt Dairy in Osage County is growing while the number of dairy farmers overall is declining. | Courtesy of Bell Johnson
The Humane Society is among opponents of Missouri’s “right to farm” amendment. | Courtesy of Bell Johnson

The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $375,000 to the political action committee opposing the “right to farm” constitutional amendment on Missouri’s Aug. 5 ballot. Previously that PAC, known as Missouri’s Food for America, had raised just $46,000.

The PAC supporting the right-to-farm measure, Missouri Farmers Care, reports having around $478,000 cash on hand.

The Humane Society bankrolled a 2010 ballot measure implementing tougher regulations on puppy mills. If approved by voters, the right-to-farm legislation would amend the state’s constitution to state that the right to “engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed.”

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