Mixed Ballot Results for Animal Rights Groups

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Arkansas voters appear to have overwhelmingly rejected Initiated Act 1, a poorly worded animal cruelty act opposed by the state's sporting and agriculture communities. With 69 percent of the vote tabulated, the Act was being defeated 64 percent to 36 percent. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance was a contributor to the "Vote No campaign" and worked with its partners in Arkansas, including the Arkansas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, to inform sportsmen about the Act.

In Oklahoma, animal rights groups successfully banned cockfighting with the passage of Ballot Question 687 by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent. At the same time, they defeated Ballot Question 698 that would have raised the bar to qualify future ballot issues attempting to restrict animal uses. The issue was defeated 53 percent to 47 percent.

In Florida, animal rights organizations successfully championed a constitutional amendment granting special rights to pregnant hogs. Amendment 10, which passed 55 percent to 45 percent, is viewed by many as a trial balloon for similar ballot issues in hog producing states in future years.