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Humane Society gives $375K to opponents of Missouri ‘right to farm’

The fight over the so-called “right to farm” constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot just got a lot more interesting.

The Humane Society of the United States — the national animal-rights group that bankrolled a 2010 ballot measure implementing tougher regulations on puppy mills — just cut a check for $375,000 to the political action committee opposing the amendment.

Previously that PAC, known as Missouri’s Food for America, had raised just $46,000.

With only 11 days before voters go to the polls, the infusion of cash evens the playing field between the two sides. The PAC supporting the right-to-farm measure, Missouri Farmers Care, reports having around $478,000 cash on hand.

If approved by voters, the measure would amend the state’s constitution to state that the right to “engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed.” Proponents say it is a needed change to protecting farming from outside interests like the Humane Society that want to restrict particular farming methods. Opponents believe it will be used by corporations to escape state and local regulations on pollution, food safety and nuisances.

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