Jeff Wuebker, a pork producer and member of the Livestock Care Standards Board, deliberating.
Responding to pressure from veal farmers, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted last week—by a 6-5 margin—to erase a new standard that would have granted veal calves enough space to turn around in their stalls.
The vote has jeopardized a delicate compromise between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and agricultural trade groups. Now, the board has until April 5 to reach a consensus, and is accepting public comments on veal standards until Tues. March 15, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
Volunteers Jan Hughes and Jamie Williams of Warren County, gathering signatures at Findlay Market; photo courtesy of K. Kil
One signature at a time, volunteers across Ohio are working to reverse the direction of the state’s rapidly-industrializing animal farming system. They have until June 31 to gather 600,000 voter signatures, in support of a November referendum that would crack down upon the most inhumane elements of industrial confinement and slaughter.
They call the main goal of the bill modest: to provide every laying hen, pregnant sow, and calf, with enough space to stand up, lay down, turn in a full circle, and extend his or her limbs.