Coloradans for Animal Care was formed to protect Colorado's pets and livestock from the impacts of the proposed ballot Initiative 16.
The measure is a misleading attempt to criminalize farmers, ranchers and pet owners for using established veterinary care practices to maintain the health of their livestock and pets.
The measure would put an end to livestock production and processing in Colorado, killing a 150 year old industry that generates more than $7 billion in economic output.
Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and pet owners who use accepted animal care practices would be guilty of criminal animal cruelty.
Rodeos, dog shows, county fairs, livestock shows, horse shows, trail rides, and any activity that involves the participation of animals would be threatened by new animal cruelty standards that can't be met.
“Colorado is nationally recognized as the 'Silicon Valley of Agriculture'. But if Initiative 16 passes, it will be closer to the 'Stone Age of Agriculture.'”
-- Carlyle Currier, Rancher and President of the Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado already has some of the strongest animal protection laws in the nation. Initiative 16 is a classic bait-and-switch. Its disguised to sound like it will improve animal care, but written to shut down animal agriculture, rodeos, dog shows and more. And it will create worse outcomes for animals in the process.
The measure would criminalize veterinary care practices used by veterinarians to care for pets and livestock.
Spay and neutering would be criminalized, preventing efforts to reduce the number of unwanted pets and impacting ranchers ability to control herd size and improve herd genetics.
By forcing ranchers and farmers to feed livestock animals for several additional years, Initiative 16 would reduce efficiency measures, drive up carbon emissions and make agriculture less sustainable.
Initiative 16 would drive up the cost of food production and ban entire industry sectors such as dairy farms. This will increase grocery store prices, and reduce consumer food choices.
“Initiative 16 would put an end to livestock agriculture in Colorado. It would put an end to our shared Western heritage.”
-- Terry Fankhauser, Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association
Protecting our economy, our livestock, our pets and our shared western heritage will require help from everyone! Please consider donating to our campaign to reach voters and tell them to vote NO on Initiative 16!