Rural Issues: Act would put ranchers out of business


By Cyndi Young-Puyear, Opinion, Agrinews (IL)

April 05, 2021


It was only a few weeks ago that I was celebrating the fact that the 2020 general election marked the first time in many years there were no animal rights — disguised as animal welfare — ballot initiatives on the ballot in any state. It seems like the animal rights activists in the state of Colorado overheard me and said, “Watch this!”


And I have been watching “this” for several weeks now, but I was hoping like mad that the title board at the Secretary of State’s Office would find fault with the initiative and shut it down. Unfortunately, that is not the case.


The title board gave the organizers the green light to get out and start collecting the nearly 125,000 signatures from registered voters needed for it to appear on the 2022 ballot.


A proposed ballot initiative in the state of Colorado would cripple, if not decimate entirely, animal agriculture in the Rocky Mountain state. The Protect Animals From Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation Act would change the wording in Colorado’s revised statutes about animal cruelty.


In an updated definition of animals, livestock has been added to the statute. Livestock is defined as bovine, camelids, caprine, equine, ovine, porcine, fish and poultry. The PAUSE Act proposes that no animal can be harvested, or butchered, until it has lived 25% of its natural lifespan.


The act “explicitly defines” the natural lifespan of a cow as 20 years, a chicken as eight years, a turkey as 10 years, a duck as six years, a pig as 15 years, a sheep as 15 years and a rabbit as six years.


Proponents of the act believe that by amending the state’s statutes regarding animal cruelty, animals will be treated with more dignity. Artificial insemination, pregnancy checking, castration, as well as semen collection and semen, or fertility, testing would be defined as cruel acts, considering them the same as human sexual contact with animals...