Humane Society opposes Missouri farming amendment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Humane Society of the United States is opposing
Missouri's proposed constitutional amendment establishing a ``right to farm.''

The amendment will appear on the Aug. 5 ballot. It asks voters whether the
right ``to engage in farming and ranching'' should be ``forever guaranteed'' in
the Missouri Constitution.

The Humane Society says the measure seeks to prohibit laws restricting
industrialized agriculture and would allow large agricultural businesses to
write their own rules. The organization predicts it would prompt lawsuits over
what farming practices are permitted.

Farm groups and rural Republicans began pushing for the amendment after a 2010
conflict surrounding an initiative petition on dog breeders. The Humane Society
was a leading supporter of that ballot question.

Supporters of this year's proposal say they are trying to protect and promote
agriculture.

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