• Vision: Guided by its western heritage, the Western Stock Show Association engages, informs and leads the world in finding 21st century agricultural solutions to global challenges.
  • Mission: Investing in future generations, guided by its western heritage, the Western Stock Show Association serves the world, promoting youth, adult and community development through livestock and equestrian education, innovation, entertainment and competition.
  • Vaules: integrity, diversity, partnership, community, quality, stewardship

What is Initiative 16 (PAUSE act) and why should it matter to you?

What is Initiative 16?

Initiative 16 is a citizen-led ballot initiative that:

  • Criminalizes farmers, ranchers, and veterinarians who use accepted animal husbandry practices to care for animals.
  • Changes state statutory language to define common animal care practices as “cruelty to animals.”
  • Bans slaughter for animals that have lived less than 25 percent of their “natural” lifespan.
  • Criminalizes the following veterinary and animal husbandry practices: spaying and neutering, birthing assistance, reproductive practices (artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, fertility testing), etc.
  • Eliminates accepted animal husbandry practices, opening the door to animal cruelty prosecution for common and basic practices such as feeding, sheltering, and transportation.

What is National Western’s Official Position?

The National Western Stock Show is firmly against proposition 16! We’ve joined with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, state agricultural leaders, and their organizations to oppose Initiative 16 (the PAUSE act). Alongside our Colorado ag and livestock partners, National Western will use all necessary influence, in every political circle, to see that the measure is defeated. Agriculture is the backbone of the NWSS since 1906 and we will continue to protect its vitality here in Colorado.
Paul Andrews
President & CEO, NWSS


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