Why Should The Urban Vote Be Top Of Mind?

This is a great analysis of how the Missouri Dog Breeding Regulation Initiative, Proposition B passed in the 2010 November elections.

The Humane Society of the United States got some of the best political outcomes its donors’ money could buy. The animal rights organization first burst onto the national political scene with the Wall Street Journal’s observation that it outspent Exxon Mobil and Halliburton in the 2006 elections. And this year, Wayne Pacelle’s PETA-plus-sophistication brand of campaigning kept up that trend.

Based on the Missouri election map, those in agriculture need to step up with feeling, engaging, and heartfelt stories in the urban regions about their farm operations, how they feel about their animals, etc. If they do not, the next proposition round, or the round after that, will aim to restrict animal agriculture.

Put simply, from a geographic standpoint most of Missouri rejected HSUS’s agenda—including practically everyone directly affected by it. It was a centralized urban base, largely removed from the realities of life away from their concrete jungles, that delivered a victory for HSUS.

What Does Ag Policy Look Like Post Election?

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This Week In Ag (audio episode) offers some discussion on the recent mid-term elections and what policy and legislative actions might be taken in 2011.

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