The measure would put an end to livestock production and processing in Oregon, risking the livlihoods of over 13,000 ranchers and end Oregon’s second-most valuable agricultural commodity, at $652 million.
Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, teachers, and ag advisors who use accepted animal care practices would be guilty of criminal animal cruelty.
Rodeos, county fairs, livestock shows, horse shows, trail rides, and any activity that involves the participation of animals would be threatened by new animal cruelty standards that can’t be met.
The measure would criminalize veterinary care practices and safety protocols for the reproductive health and safety of livestock.
Forcing farmers and ranchers to feed animals over an extended lifespan would increase expense without profit shutting down cattle operations across the state.
This measure would drive up the cost of food production and ban entire industry sectors in Oregon. This will increase grocery store prices, reduce consumer food choices, and eliminate locally raised beef.