Ohio farmers seem to have won the battle; let’s hope they don’t lose the war. Voter’s in Ohio passed the Issue 2 ballot initiative last month by a large margin, enabling the formation of a state livestock board to oversee animal welfare policy while limiting the influence of radical animal rights groups like HSUS and PETA. It was actually a rather quiet and strangely easy win, making a person wonder what the animal rights activists have up their sleeve. Rather like it can be with kids, when they’re too quiet is when you need to worry. As the HSUS president has stated, “Ohio is still very much top of mind for us”, meaning they will soon be gearing up for round two. The smell of victory is still all too fresh for them after California’s Proposition 2, which accomplished nothing other than to drive egg farmers out of state and/or out of business. Farmers in all 50 states need to be on the offensive as well as defensive because there is no getting away from it, like a bad “B” movie, animal rights activists will all too soon be coming to a town near you.