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Sounds like Big Ag beef lobbyists are trying to subvert the free market and wipe out compeition as interest in "clean-meat" is on the rise.

https://qz.com/…/the-us-department-of-agriculture-is-being…/

American ranchers are ready to force a battle that promises to pit Silicon Valley futurism against longtime food-industry players.
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Good letter to the editor published in the Columbus Dispatch 2/20/2018:

Letter: Trapping bobcats is unnecessary

I’ve been hunting in Ohio for years, and I deeply value the role that bobcats and other native carnivores play in our ecosystem. As one of the few top predators in the state, they keep populations healthy for a variety of prey species.

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I pride myself on being a conservationist, and I know enough about ecology to understand that bobcats are not overpopulating Ohio and, unlike other species, do not need to be managed. The Ohio Division of Wildlife is proposing trapping 60 bobcats in two different zones in the state. This has nothing to do with sound wildlife management or scientific research. This is the division’s way of throwing a bone to a small group of special interests who want to kill a bobcat.

I’m passionate about hunting, but I believe you eat what you kill. Let’s be honest here — no one is killing bobcats for their meat. They just want to sell their pelts.

Private profiteering off of Ohio’s wildlife flies in the face of how wildlife is supposed to be managed in this country. As a hunter and wildlife lover, I strongly oppose this proposal. Readers can submit comments online at http://bit.ly/1Ff1ewC, and the Ohio Wildlife Council will hold a public hearing on March 15.
Hobart Van Hoose
Columbus

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Seeking renewal permit to operate 4,800 pig factory farm: Bruce Rosswurm Swine Farm is an existing swine facility located at 5100 Road 59, Payne, Ohio. The facility is situated in Paulding County, Blue Creek Township in the Auglaize River Watershed. The facility is owned and operated by Bruce Rosswurm of Payne, Ohio. The facility consists of two finisher barns, each with a design capacity of 2,400 head of swine weighing more than 55 pounds. Therefore, the overall design capac...ity of this facility is 4800 head of swine. The liquid manure is stored in existing deep pits below the housing areas. Each pit is capable of storing 984,000 gallons of manure, which provides well over a year’s worth of storage.

In accordance with OAC rule 901:10-6-01, public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting comments on a draft Permit to Operate (PTO) renewal for the facility called “Bruce Rosswurm Swine Farm” which is located at 5100 Road 59, Payne, Ohio 45880 in Paulding County, Blue Creek Township, in the Auglaize Watershed. If the final permit is issued, the PTO would be valid for five years.
Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470.

Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. March 16, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

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Bobcats in Ohio. They were extinct. Now, after being protected, they are back. They were just taken off the threatened and endangered list in 2014. Now the O...
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Public comments are now being accepted until March 5 on the proposed open season of Bobcats. Trapping bobcats is simply for trophies and for trappers to make money. You can comment on the proposal to trap Bobcats here: http://bit.ly/1Ff1ewC (the specific proposed rule change is 1501:31-15-17. titled, “SEASONS FOR GAME BIRDS, GAME QUADRUPEDS AND FURBEARING ANIMALS” so select that option in the drop box.)

You can read the full draft proposals here: http://bit.ly/2ssbhk2

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via Columbus Dispatch: Wildlife Division proposes permitting bobcat trapping

"The Ohio Division of Wildlife opened a potential controversy last week by proposing to allow bobcat trapping in southern and eastern Ohio.

The proposal was presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday. Bobcats were removed from state’s protected-species list in 2014 after decades of slow recovery

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The bobcat proposals call for the establishment of two zones, “with a small, fixed quota for each zone,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. Trappers would be required to buy an extra $5 permit and would be limited to one bobcat per season, which would close in each zone once the quota for that zone is reached.

“The data collected from these bobcats would provide scientists with a better idea of the population in Ohio,” the statement said.
The wildlife division has been tracking the state’s bobcat population for years. Although the wildlife biologist dedicated to the task was terminated more than a year ago and has not been replaced, the work has continued among division personnel on a shared basis.

Several neighboring states, including Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, allow bobcat trapping and/or hunting. Illinois took bobcats off threatened status in 1999 and permitted limited hunting and trapping in 2016, though tighter restrictions were imposed last year after 141 wild cats were taken during that first season."

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“Goebel Pork, LLC” is the name of an existing swine finishing facility located at 05870 County Road Road 23-50, Stryker, Ohio 43557. The facility is situated in Williams County, in Springfield Township, which is in the Tiffin River Watershed. It is owned by Goebel Pork, LLC and operated by Sue Goebel, Lucas Goebel, Kelsey Goebel, and Rusty Goebel. The facility consists of two existing finishing barns, each with a design capacity of 1,050 swine weighing more than 55 lbs, for a... total design capacity of 2,100 swine weighing more than 55 lbs.

The draft Permit to Install (PTI) proposes to construct a new swine finishing barn, which would house 2,450 swine weighing more than 55 pounds. The proposed construction would increase the facility’s total design capacity to 4,550 swine weighing more than 55 pounds. The new finishing barn would have a large concrete pit located below the floor capable of storing up to 1,063,687 gallons of liquid manure.

In accordance with OAC rule 901:10-6-01, public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting comments on a draft Permit to Install (PTI) and a draft Permit to Operate (PTO) for the facility called “Goebel Pork, LLC” which is located at -5870 County Road 23-50 in Williams County, Springfield Township in the Tiffin Watershed. If the final permit is issued, the PTO would be valid for five years.
Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470.

Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. March 7, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

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Ohio Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpes Virus
Racehorse owners encouraged to closely monitor health of their animals

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2018) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed positive cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in four horses at separate locations around the state. ODA has placed multiple facilities under quarantine and is actively investigating where these animals have been and what other animals might have been exposed.

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ODA has confirmed two of the positive horses raced at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Those animals are currently under quarantine at separate facilities. One of the two raced at Miami Valley Gaming near Lebanon January 13 and 24. Testing confirms they have EHV-1 but neither animal is showing clinical signs of illness.

“Racehorse owners should take immediate precautions to protect their animals,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “All owners should closely observe their horses for any signs of illness and take their temperatures daily. They should immediately contact their veterinarian if they have any concerns.”

Additionally, two horses at the University of Findlay have tested positive for EHV. These animals are also not showing clinical symptoms. ODA has placed the facility under quarantine. Currently, the department does not believe these animals are connected to the other positive tests, but epidemiological investigations are underway.

EHV can spread quickly from horse to horse and can cause three different forms of disease: rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease of mostly young horses), abortions in pregnant mares, and the neurologic disease EHV-1 myeloencephalopathy, which can be fatal to horses. The virus is not a human health threat.

EHV can be spread through the air or contaminated clothing and equipment. It’s important that horse owners practice strict biosecurity measures in order to protect their animals and prevent any further spread of the disease. Veterinarians may submit nasal swab samples to the ODA’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.

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This is cruelty for the sake of being cruel!

http://www.vanceoutdoors.com/coyotehunt2018/

The 2nd Annual Ohio Coyote Hunt Tournament will take place from February 23, 2018 through February 25, 2018. Check-in will be on February 23, from 12pm - 6pm at Vance Outdoors Hebron.
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Veal producers reach housing milestone By Susan Kelly on 1/18/2018

The American Veal Association said its veal farmers have reached their goal of raising all veal in group housing facilities, an objective set in 2007.

Industry members invested more than $50 million in building new facilities and renovations to achieve the milestone, said AVA President Dale Bakke. Facilities accommodate veal calves in groups ranging from as few as two to up to 10 or more animals....
“I am pleased to confirm that all AVA-member companies and individuals involved in veal production have successfully transitioned to group housing and no tethers,” Bakke said in a press release.

In addition, castration, dehorning or tail docking are not practiced on AVA member farms, the association said. Calves are fed a nutritionally balanced milk formula plus grain and roughage for up to 22 weeks of age and are marketed at 500 pounds.
http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/77606…

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This puts American farmers at a disadvantage:

"...(The Agriculture) Secretary Sonny Perdue allows multinational meatpackers to label imported beef as “Products of the USA” even if the imported beef receives only minor processing, such as unwrapping and rewrapping the package."

https://www.r-calfusa.com/court-documents-allege-hundreds-…/

For Immediate Release: Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com Billings, Mont. –...
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A more humane way of slaughtering chickens might get EU approval By Andy Coghlan

A way of slaughtering chickens that is said to be painless and to reduce their distress is one step closer to being used in Europe. If approved, it has the potential to improve how 60 billion birds are killed for meat globally each year.

https://www.newscientist.com/…/2159895-a-more-humane-way-o…/

A new system that apparently kills chickens without distress by lowering the air pressure could soon be approved in Europe, offering a humane death for billions of birds
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Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has stopped keeping sows in narrow stalls for their entire pregnancies, a victory for animal welfare activists who have fought to end the industry practice for years.

https://pilotonline.com/…/article_01836553-38ab-51e0-8710-f…

Animal welfare groups have praised Smithfield Foods’ completion of the conversion, as there was a time when critics questioned whether the company would uphold the commitment.
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Petition Targeting Trader Joe’s ‘Inhumane’ Pork Suppliers Gains Traction by Alex Ruppenthal | January 23, 2018

A campaign launched by an Illinois-based animal welfare group is targeting one of the country’s most popular grocery stores, and it has gained traction nationwide.

Jessica Chipkin of the nonprofit Crate Free Illinois launched a Change.org petition last fall calling on Trader Joe’s to stop purchasing pork from suppliers that use gestation crates, tight metal stalls t...

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The group Crate Free Illinois is calling on Trader Joe’s to stop purchasing pork from suppliers that use gestation crates, tight metal stalls that keep pigs in one position for the majority of their lives.
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Update on the Meigs County man who abused animals by making his dogs fight his bear. Charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty!

A Meigs County man has been charged after the Meigs County Sheriff said he was suspected to have been operating a "bearbaiting" event.
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