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Humane Society of US gives $375K to opponents of Missouri right-to-farm ballot measure

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $375,000 to an effort to defeat a Missouri ballot measure creating a constitutional right to farm.

Online Ethics Commission records show the contribution was made earlier this week to Missouri's Food for America. The money could significantly boost the opposition effort, because the committee had just a little over $35,000 in its account at the start of July.

The Aug. 5 ballot measure is backed by many of Missouri's agricultural commodity groups and businesses. The supporting group Missouri Farmers Care had $478,000 available at the start of July.

The right-to-farm amendment was put forth partly as a response to a successful 2010 ballot measure backed by the Humane Society that imposed tougher restrictions on Missouri dog breeders.

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