Colorado Supreme Court blocks PAUSE Act from proceeding


Colorado Supreme Court blocks PAUSE Act from proceeding

The Colorado Supreme Court unanimously voted to block an unprecedented measure that would have criminalized historic farming and ranching practices across Colorado, from proceeding.  Initiative 2021-21 #16 (the PAUSE Act) would have changed statutory state language to define widely-used animal husbandry practices as “cruelty to animals”.

The Court ruled the citizen-led ballot initiative was incorrectly given a green light by the State Title Board. 

According to the Colorado Livestock Association, Initiative 16 contained multiple subjects, and given its complexity could mislead voters when they cast their ballots.

The court sent the case back to the State Title Board with instructions to return the Initiative to its proponents. The proponents can redraft the measure, however, they would have to start the process over from the beginning.