Ohio’s Livestock Care Standards Board moved with unusual swiftness and cheer last week, to vote the final 25 pages of their document one step closer to entering the Ohio Revised Code. Likely to become effective this July, these will be the state’s first statutes regulating the care of chickens, pigs, cows, horses, turkeys, sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas—all of whom are excluded from the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Congratulations have hummed within the board and animal protection groups, for arriving at mutually-palatable standards after a year-long haul. But as the whittled rules move forward, no structure exists to enforce them. Continue reading