A coalition of groups working to end dog auctions in Ohio announced that it will proceed with its campaign for a 2011 ballot initiative that would ban dog auctions and raffles—the Ohio Dog Auctions Act—despite the decision by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to drop its own animal welfare ballot measure.
In return for a “historic” set of reforms promised by the governor and agricultural interests, HSUS decided to halt its campaign for an “Ohioans for Humane Farms” ballot measure that sought to curb intensive confinement practices on factory farms.
“It is important to note that SB 95 [a Ohio “puppy mill bill” supported by HSUS] does NOT include a component to ban Ohio dog auctions and raffles,” said Mary O’Connor Shaver of the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions.
“As many of you are already aware, the Ohio dog auctions serve as a major distribution channel for buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing, repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act and/or animal cruelty. Because of this, we will continue to move forward with our 2011 ballot initiative, Ohio Dog Auctions Act,” said Shaver.
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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris), author of 18 books for major publishers and hundreds of articles, holds a B.A. in Environmental Science Studies and a lifelong interest in animal issues. She is a co-founder of AnimalBeat.org.
Among her books are Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press), coauthored with Shelley Frost, and The Eco-Kids, a series of novels for tweens (Avon Books).
Her story Small Change placed as a finalist in The Bark magazine’s short fiction contest and will be published this year.
She may be reached at [email protected].