Colorado initiative draws ire of Weld County, agriculture industry

A proposed ballot measure in Colorado is drawing the ire of Weld County commissioners and members of the state’s agriculture industry.

Initiative 16, which could appear on the November 2022 ballot, purports to expand state prohibitions against animal cruelty. However, commissioners in the rural county contend that it will harm farmers, ranchers, and other professions.

Weld County commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously to oppose the measure.

Commissioner Pro-Tem Scott James described the initiative as bad policy that’s clouded with spin.

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