Letter: Citizens have right to take puppy mill issue to ballot

Published 9/26 by The Columbus Dispatch

I take issue with the Dispatch (Editorial: This dog won’t hunt 9/22) scolding citizen groups for wanting to take an important issue directly to the people by way of ballot measure. Ohio citizens have a constitutional right to initiate lawmaking through ballot measures. After reading that it took the legislature seven years to pass Ohio’s first round of puppy mill reforms, I can see why a direct path to voters is being used here. Should dogs continue to suffer longer so the statehouse or the Dispatch can feel better about the process? Dogs have been suffering in these puppy mills far too long and the quickest path to end that suffering is the one that should be taken. Ohio voters have every right to sign a petition and decide for themselves.

April Zobel


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