People & Organizations Opposed to SQ 777

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Testimonials

If SQ 777 passes and there are water pollution issues dealing with agriculture, no city, state agency or the state could do anything about it. Imagine a pig sty within 100 feet of your bedroom and you would have no help from your city, county or state governments. It needs to be rejected. Do not buy into the scare tactics being presented by the proponents of this legislation. If passed, it would be nearly impossible to ever overturn and repeal once the consequences of this constitutional amendment begin to surface.

-Randy Ross, Mayor, City of Choctaw


I work directly with family farmers from all over the state, and I can say with absolute certainty that SQ 777 was not conceived with them in mind. The only entities that would benefit from such constitutional protections would be the large-scale industrial factory “farming” operations (...) This is simply a corporate power grab.

-Adam Price, Operations Manager, Oklahoma Food Cooperative


We honor the agricultural roots of our state and the individual farmers and ranchers who work hard every day to raise livestock and grow food here in Oklahoma, but the League questions the need for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the rights of farmers and ranchers. Oklahoma already has a right to farm law on the books. However, if SQ 777 passes, any proposed legislation would be subjected to the same legal standard used to challenge laws that discriminate on the basis of race, or deprive people of fundamental rights like free speech, gun ownership, or religious freedom.

-League of Women Voters


SQ 777 "would make it almost impossible to enact appropriate safeguards to protect small farms and the environment."

-Oklahoma Conference of Churches


“Obviously, I have nothing against farmers. Quite the contrary. I've been in the food business most of my life. Owning restaurants and working in local Farmer's Markets, has given me a keen insight to how important safe food practices are to the health and well-being of every one of us. No business or industry should be free of future regulation or laws being written against them for eternity. We don't do this for any other industry.”

Cathy Cummings, Democratic Nominee Lt. Governor 2014 and owner of Vito’s Ristorante since 2004


State Question 777 would prohibit the Oklahoma legislature from passing laws necessary to protect the lands, lives and farms of Oklahoma citizens, including the citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes who live in the state. Therefore, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes stands in opposition to State Question 777.

-The INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL of the FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES


The inability for legislators to regulate harmful practices would certainly interfere with our mission to preserve and protect the Illinois River, Tenkiller Lake and tributaries. Oklahomans already enjoy a right to farm, and no one is attempting to take that right away. STIR believes SQ777 can lead to serious harmful consequences, which would prohibit future local and state legislative bodies from legislating protective measures for the Illinois River, as well as other environmental concerns.

-Denise Deason Tyne, local attorney and STIR president


The so-called “Right to Farm” state question 777, should more aptly be described as Right to Harm as it seeks to enshrine the bad practices of industrial agriculture and ties the hands of future legislatures from making important reforms that directly impact animal welfare. There is a strong possibility that the constitutional protection proposed in SQ 777 could be interpreted as prohibiting the legislature from passing laws regulating puppy mills and horse slaughter, and could even give constitutional protection to cockfighting in Oklahoma, an abhorrent and brutal activity that was banned by Oklahoma voters in 2002.

-Jamee Suarez, President, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals


777 would give corporate farm operators a free pass to use more corner cutting practices that endanger animals, sicken consumers, pollute water sources and make it nearly impossible for more humane and sustainable farms to compete. Oklahomans have the right to farm. What they deserve is the freedom to protect themselves, their land, and the animals in the state, and the ASPCA stands with the broad coalition fighting to maintain that freedom.

-The ASPCA


Organizations Opposing 777


Newspapers Opposing 777:

  • The Oklahoman
  • Tulsa World
  • The Moore American
  • Norman Transcript
  • Muskogee Phoenix
  • The Journal Record
  • The Pioneer – Oklahoma City Community College
  • The Tulsa Voice
  • The Oklahoma Ebony Tribune, Inc.
  • Enid News & Eagle

Cities Opposing 777:

  • City of Edmond
  • City of The Village
  • City of Tahlequah
  • City of Midwest City
  • City of Muskogee
  • City of Oklahoma City
  • City of Broken Bow
  • City of Choctaw
  • City of Norman
  • City of Tulsa
  • City of Tahlequah

Additional People/Organizations Opposing 777:

  • Oklahoma Stewardship Council
  • Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma
  • Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy
  • Farm and Food Alliance of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Municipal League
  • League of Women Voters
  • Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • The Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Save the Illinois River (STIR)
  • Oklahoma Conference of Churches
  • Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy
  • Sierra Club
  • The ASPCA
  • City of Edmond
  • City of The Village
  • Midwest City
  • Oklahoma Food Cooperative
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Association of Central Oklahoma Governments
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Seminole Nation
  • Urban Agrarian
  • Farmers Public Market
  • OKC Farmers Market District
  • Choctaw Nation
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Whole Creation Community
  • Tulsa Federation of Flyfishers
  • LEAD Agency
  • CHRISMAN FARMS
  • St. Francis of the Woods
  • McGaha Farms
  • Pecan Creek Winery
  • Crestview Farms
  • Cleveland County Democratic Party
  • Canadian County Democrats
  • The Tulsa ASPCA
  • City of Midwest City
  • Cherokee County Republican Women
  • Cherokee County Federation of Democratic Women
  • Oklahoma AFL-CIO
  • The Oklahoma Ebony Tribune Inc
  • Dialogue Institute
  • Coach Barry Switzer
  • City of Muskogee
  • Oklahoma Food Co-Op
  • Humane Society of Tulsa
  • Oklahoma Coalition of Animal Rescuers
  • Nitschke Natural Beef
  • Muscogee Creek Nation
  • City of Oklahoma City
  • City of Broken Bow
  • City of Choctaw
  • City of Norman
  • City of Tulsa
  • JS Farms
  • Vision Farms, Inc.
  • Miami Animal Alliance
  • Creature Concerns, Inc.
  • Green Country Beekeepers
  • Young Democrats of Oklahoma
  • Payne County Democrats
  • Mercy For Animals
  • Friends of the Shelter Foundation
  • Tulsa Food Security Council
  • Comanche County Democratic Party
  • Indigo Acres
  • 413 Farm
  • Jerry Anderson, Farmer
  • Mark Faulk, Filmaker Sixteenth Chapel Films
  • Thomas Launius, Pastor First Presbyterian Church