Agriculture Promises to Show Up in Denver
Colorado ranchers and farmers are being urged to make their legislators and the governor know they are not happy with some decisions coming out of Denver
Rachel Gabel, assistant editor at the Fencepost.com and a rancher in Wiggins, Colorado has written about a controversial choice for the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Governor Polis appointed an outspoken vegan who posted on social media that 4-H teaches kids “that animal lives don’t matter.” But she tells Colorado Ag Today, that rural ag communities of Colorado can often feel overlooked in Denver.
Gabel: “Not too far back we saw HSUS and the egg producers write a bill together about making
all of the eggs here in Colorado from a cage-free environment. And we certainly don’t want to bend to these activists and extremists and allow them to bully us. That’s unacceptable. So we have to keep showing up and we have to keep paying attention. “
Gabel says the livestock industry’s concerns about the outspoken vegan tasked with monitoring large animal vets on the state board have gone unanswered by the Governor’s office.
“We’re going to have to go to that confirmation hearing. We’re going to have to reach out to the legislators. We just have to keep showing up because just sharing something on Facebook is not enough.”
State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg has written a letter in support of their efforts, saying the governor is making political appointments that appear to be furthering his “War on Rural Colorado.” He is encouraging people to call the governor’s office and state politely why the choice is an unwise one.