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Missouri’s Right to Farm Initiative Brings Many Pros and Cons

Maria Keena
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The pros and cons are flying when it comes to Amendment One, or Missouri’s Right To Farm initiative.

Family farmer and vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Mike Deering supports the amendment.

“Do we have the right to farm and ranch now in Missouri? Yes, until someone takes that right away,” Deering says. “But having that right signed in the Constitution would just add another layer of protection.”

Deering contends the Humane Society of the United States is trying to put farmers and ranchers out of business.

The Humane Society of Missouri’s president Kathy Warnick is against the amendment, and calls it a deceitful attempt to roll-back Missouri’s animal cruelty law.

“We are not against farming. We are not against breeding. What we want – and all we want – is humane treatment and care of animals,” Warnick says.

Warnick also predicts frivolous lawsuits will be filed to diminish the animal cruelty act if Amendment One passes.

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