Breeding practices should be left to the experts | Denver Gazette

I have never had a question about animal health and called an urban or suburban legislator for their expertise. Never has a group of animal right-wing extremists determined to end animal agriculture showed up in a blizzard to help save calves. And I never let slip words like “boy, we should legislate this” or “you know what we need is a ballot.” I was brought up well.

A farmer faced with a question about animal health, vaccination schedules, livestock nutrition or livestock handling will turn to experts in the field.

Extension from Colorado State University, veterinary experts, breeder organizations that represent the state’s various producers, and groups that provide credible research and outreach have made the information widely available. that can be used to guide best management practices. I do not want to allow the definition of acceptable farming practices to be left to those who are uninformed, lack expertise and guided by extremist groups seeking to end farming.

If you follow the money here, it will lead you to a nice pair of vegan leather shoes. I recognize the need for regulation and understand state laws that criminalize animal abuse and neglect.

If the statutory term “acceptable animal husbandry practices” is defined in state law, what extremists would like is the start of a slippery slope that will lead producers and consumers down a end with the disappearance of the state’s most important industry.

The Bureau of Animal Welfare exists to help law enforcement investigate cases of animal neglect and cruelty, and the BAP has the authority to remove pets, livestock, and equines from situations. neglect or abuse.

To investigate these reports, they depend on educated, trained and experienced animal health veterinarians. Defining acceptable animal husbandry practices in law implies that the State of Colorado trusts politicians and extremists more than veterinary practitioners, law enforcement and animal production experts.

It is redundant because experts have compiled resources that outline the best way to care for livestock. This is nonsense because the laws cannot apply to all animal production methods, systems and practices for every species and every production model. We’re not Newsom’s California Prop 12, after all. It is dangerous because it is emotionally charged to think that animals are being abused, neglected or mistreated and to react on emotion rather than facts is ill-advised under any circumstances. And it’s treacherous with an administration that has snagged the keys to the kingdom where animal rights extremists can grab them.

All that said, the app’s pipe dream is laughable. For the purposes of enforcing a state law that criminalizes animal abuse, law enforcement may be trained to determine the body condition of animals and determine if feed and water is available appropriate and adequate for a particular species, and certainly trained to know when to call a veterinarian. experts. The waters quickly muddy when we attempt to legislate the best methods for raising animals.

It could be used in criminal animal abuse cases to determine abuse, but it’s more likely a matter of virtue signaling to other states that Colorado doesn’t trust cattle ranchers. and would prefer to allow experts in the legislature to dictate practices. . I’ll wait here while you compile a list of animal production experts in the Legislative Assembly.

With the current make-up of state government, any attempt to define acceptable animal husbandry practices in law is likely to call to mind the PAUSE law.

This failed ballot proposal sought to end animal agriculture by criminalizing cattle ranchers and labeling them sex offenders for using artificial insemination or assisting with a difficult calving, among other common practices. He also sought to define the natural lifespan of various species in law and to prohibit the slaughter of livestock until the livestock lived up to 11 times longer than production, profitability and production would suggest. appetite.

Any legislation that seeks to define acceptable farming practices provides a platform for extremists to stifle an entire industry. Any attempt to do so must be met with enthusiastic opposition from Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenburg and Governor Jared Polis.

If they are faced with this possibility and do not act quickly to protect the agriculture industry and the consumers who depend on it, their silence will speak volumes.

Rachel Gabel writes on agriculture and rural issues. She is the associate editor of The Fence Post Magazine, the region’s leading agricultural publication. Gabel is a daughter of the state’s oil and gas industry and a member of one of 12,000 cattle ranching families in the state. She is the author of children’s books used in hundreds of classrooms to teach students about agriculture.

Rachel Gabel writes on agriculture and rural issues. She is the associate editor of The Fence Post Magazine, the region’s leading agricultural publication. Gabel is a daughter of the state’s oil and gas industry and a member of one of 12,000 cattle ranching families in the state. She is the author of children’s books used in hundreds of classrooms to teach students about agriculture.

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