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What’s Happening on the Legislative Front - State - Mike Zumwinkle, Director, Government Relations and Corporate Affairs, Cargill , from the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies …

What’s Happening on the Legislative Front - State - Mike Zumwinkle, Director, Government Relations and Corporate Affairs, Cargill , from the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?, April 28 - 29, 2010, Washington, DC, USA.

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  • 1. Animal Welfare: A Legislative Update and Outlook. TM © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 1 Animal Welfare Legislative Summary.TM Mike Zumwinkle Corporate Affairs April 28, 2010
  • 2. Objectives • Current Landscape: How’d we get where we are? • Emerging issues and trends: Where are we going? • Strategy Thoughts Going Forward: How do we win? © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2 TM
  • 3. Landscape Animal Rights groups have been working for years to reshape animal agriculture in the U.S. These groups seek to force producers and animal agriculture to change traditional methods of raising animals. Through a mix of ballot initiatives, legislation – or the threat of both – these groups have been successful in moving their agenda forward. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 3 TM
  • 4. Overall Picture in 2010 • The level of animal welfare legislation is unprecedented. At present we count 67 bills in over half the states. • Bills are wide ranging: tail docking, animal cruelty laws, confinement, puppy mills, standards of care, care boards, harvesting issues. • Ballot initiatives in Ohio and Missouri. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 4 TM
  • 5. Summary of Animal Welfare Initiatives Year 2002 2006 2007 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2010 2010 State FL AZ OR CO CA ME MI OH OH MO Action 55-45 pass 62-38 pass Legislation Legislation 63-37 pass Legislation Legislation 64-36 pass ?? ?? Result Ballot, Ban on gestation crates Ballot, Ban on gestation and veal crates Ban on gestation crates Ban on gestation and veal crates Ballot, Ban on gestation, veal, battery Ban on veal and gestation Ban on veal, poultry, gestation crates Ballot, Creation of Ohio Livestock Care Board Proposed Ballot, California-like ban Proposed Ballot, HSUS and Industry measure Note: The margin of victory in every case was significant © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 5 TM
  • 6. State Commonalities All of the states had…. • Ballot petitions for either constitutional amendments or initiated statutes • A tradition of initiatives and were politically winnable • Either influential political leadership or significant electoral votes in Washington • Organized grassroots efforts with affiliated partners © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 6 TM
  • 7. States with Initiative and Referendum Statute Initiative and/or Referendum Constitutional Amendment only © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 7 Animal Welfare Legislative Summary.TM
  • 8. States with Initiative and Referendum Animal Rights Activity Future Targets Statute Initiative and/or Referendum Constitutional Amendment only © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 8 Animal Welfare Legislative Summary.TM
  • 9. Four States on Radar Screen … 1 Missouri • • • • Missouri producer groups proposed their own constitutional initiative Language affirms right to raise animals in humane manner Industry also working on creating a livestock care board -- advisory only HSUS pursuing Puppy Mill bill – presently collecting signatures (130,000). 2 Ohio • • • • Bell weather state and key battleground state. HSUS pursuing California-like restrictions Signature collection underway – 402,000 signatures needed Livestock Coalition has been established. California • Additional legislation proposed • One bill would create an animal abuser registry. • A second bill would apply Prop 2 standards to all eggs imported into state Oklahoma • Passed legislation on local zoning, considering livestock care board. • Prime target -- constitutional amendment, small number of producers, out of state companies. Planning underway. Timing uncertain. 3 4 © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 9 Animal Welfare Legislative Summary.TM
  • 10. Other State Activity Other State Activity Illinois • Legislation introduced in each of last two sessions; seek to impose CA prop 2 standards. 2. Indiana • Designated the State Animal Health Commission with farm animal care authority. 3. Nebraska • Preparing for legislative and ballot activity; passed two bills this session. 4. New York • Set restrictive standards for animal care 5. Minnesota • Bills on puppy mills, animal cruelty and tail docking. 6. Others? • Issues? Transportation, antibiotics, puppy mills, CAFOs, livestock care boards. 1. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 10 Animal Welfare Legislative Summary.TM
  • 11. The Response from Ag Groups • Amend the ballot and initiative process – make issues tougher to place on ballot – Several states considering • Create Livestock Care Boards – Ohio, Kentucky, WV, ID • Designate Animal Health Commission with care authority – IN • Differentiate farm and companion animals in code – NE • Create language affirming role of livestock in states – MO • Enhanced education efforts, information campaigns • Establish Ag coalitions – seek to expand • Others?? © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 11 TM
  • 12. End Game: Federal Legislation • States that have either passed legislation or ballot measures on animal welfare account for nearly 40 percent of House of Representatives. • If HSUS has another three year run like the last three years, over 50 percent of the House will be covered. • Each state has a different set of rules, procedures, guidelines and standards. There will be a call to harmonize standards at the federal level. • Doubtful that there will be a successful effort for federal legislation in the near term, but pressure may mount if there aren’t some victories at the state level. • Animal welfare agenda will emphasize other issues. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 12 TM
  • 13. Lessons Learned • Industry has been slow to respond – It has everyone’s attention now, even in states without ballot initiatives. • Messages need to be clear and convincing – this hasn’t happened yet. • States with ballot initiatives have a different set of options than states that don’t. • States need to be organized well in advance to take action. Once the signature drive has started, it’s too late. • Producers and Producer groups need to stay united. • Old tactics no longer work. Defeating legislation and moving on no longer works. States need to be creative and proactive. • Animal welfare groups will pursue an incremental agenda. • Financial resources are KEY. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 13 TM
  • 14. Recommended Next Steps • Support strategy for dealing with this state-by-state. We need to find better ways to share best practices. • Oppose Federal Legislation. • Recognize this movement is not isolated and extends beyond state borders; each state must define its own response. • Encourage our trade associations to be aligned, anticipate and act accordingly. • Involve businesses and include non-traditional partners • Be a catalyst for change by helping create industry groups dedicated to animal welfare. • The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply • The North America Food Animal Well Being Commission. • Continue being a leader in animal welfare practices. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 14 TM
  • 15. © 2009 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved. 15 TM