Sign the Petition to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

This petition closed 8 months ago

Each time a cow is sold the seller must pay one dollar into the Beef Checkoff. The seller has no control over where this mandatory fee goes. The largest recipient of the federally mandated Beef Checkoff Program funds the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). Recently, the NCBA filed a lawsuit to eliminate or weaken COOL. It is a clear conflict of interest for an organization funded by cattle producers to turn around and fight against their interests and the interests of U.S. consumers. Therefore, we are petitioning the Secretary of Agriculture to terminate all contracts between the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the federally mandated Beef Checkoff Program.    

U.S. livestock producers and U.S. consumers worked together for longer than a decade to pass and implement COOL so U.S. consumers would know where the meat they purchase for their families was born, raised and slaughtered; and, so those same consumers could choose to support U.S. farmers and ranchers by purchasing meat exclusively of U.S. origin.   

The action by NCBA of receiving federally mandated Beef Checkoff Program funds on the one hand and attacking the widely popular federal COOL law on the other hand is at the very least a blatant conflict of interest and very likely a violation of the law.    

As citizens of the United States, we are appalled that an organization that receives funds through a government program is allowed to use those funds, either directly, indirectly or by appearance, to initiate a lawsuit to attack the federal COOL law that is widely supported by U.S. livestock producers and U.S. consumers.     

We ask the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately and permanently terminate all contracts between the NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program to end this obvious conflict of interest and possible unlawful activity that directly threatens the right of every U.S. citizen to know where the meat they purchase at retail stores for themselves and their families was born, raised, and slaughtered.

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