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Dirty campaign muddies hog farm issue

by 5m Editor
25 October 2006, at 12:34pm

ARIZONA - The battle between Arizona’s agriculture industry and the Arizonans for Humane Farms, a conglomerate of state and national groups centered on animal issues, has been growing intense, with each side accusing the other of misleading the public and using unsavory campaign tactics.

Jim Klinker, chairman of the Campaign for Arizona Farmers and Ranchers, alleged last month that approximately 140 of the black and yellow Hogwash campaign signs were stolen from areas in central and southern Phoenix by supporters of Prop. 204, a group he describes as “known to play fast and loose with the rules.”

He backs his allegations by pointing to questionable campaign tactics used by Farm Sanctuary, a New York-based animal rights organization that passed a similar measure in Florida in 2002.

Farm Sanctuary, a major contributor to the Arizona effort to ban the gestation crate for female hogs, eventually agreed to pay $50,000 to the Florida Elections Commission that year as part of a settlement for alleged fundraising improprieties.

Source: Arizona Capital Times

5m Editor