Thursday’s Blog Highlight: Common Sense Agriculture’s Blog
Jeff Fowle is a fourth generation family farmer and rancher in Etna, California. With a mix of science, politics, and personal opinion, Jeff writes to inform others about his family farming and ranching style. In his most recent blog, he explains his support for recent proposed legislation in California, SB 343 that, “promotes cooperation with local law enforcement and puts the welfare of the animals above the bottom line and above the next fundraising campaign.”
I tip my hat to the California Cattlemens Association and Assemblyman Jim Patterson for submitting AB 343 with coauthors Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Assemblyman Brian Dahle, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and Senator Jim Nielsen and endorsement by the California Farm Bureau.
It is refreshing to see a bill that truly works to address the issue of animal cruelty in agriculture.
Unlike bills in other states, AB343 protects the right to video and photograph, protects the worker from reporting observed abuse, promotes cooperation with local law enforcement and puts the welfare of the animals above the bottom line and above the next fundraising campaign.
AB343 combines common sense with moral fortitude. It requires that animal abuse is reported in a timely manner, in order to minimize suffering, allow for a proper investigation and see that appropriate charges are brought against the offender.
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