17 February 2010

Ohioans for Humane Farms to collect signatures for anti-cruelty ballot measure

(photo credit: farmsanctuary.org)

The Ohio Ballot Board has approved a proposed anti-cruelty measure for signature collection circulation. The unanimous decision came Tuesday after hearing from both sides of the measure which is intended for the November 2010 election.

The proposed measure will create standards that prevent cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals including the extreme confinement in tiny cages for months on end, allowing “downer cows” to enter the human food chain, and inhumane methods of euthanasia for sick and injured animals.  The standards would have to be implemented by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board within 6 years of the measure passing.

Similar laws have already been enacted in Michigan, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine and Oregon.

"The vast majority of consumers oppose commonplace yet extreme factory farm cruelties," said Gene Baur, president of Farm Sanctuary. "With this campaign, Ohioans will have their voices heard when it comes to some of the worst abuses of the factory farming industry."

Ohioans for Humane Farms will use volunteers to collect more than 600,000 signatures which will guarantee the measure a spot on the general election ballot.

"It is cruel and inhumane to confine animals in cages so small they can't turn around and extend their limbs," stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "Ohio citizens can help prevent farm animal cruelty by volunteering to gather signatures to put this common-sense initiative on the ballot."

The ballot measure is supported by a growing list of organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, Ohio SPCA, Ohio Sierra Club, Toledo Area Humane Society, Geauga Humane Society, Ohio League of Humane Voters, Center for Food Safety, United Farm Workers, Consumer Federation of America and Center for Science in the Public Interest.

"Ohioans care about the treatment of all animals, including farm animals. We can each help improve animal welfare in our state by supporting this modest measure," added Hope Brustein, executive director of the Geauga Humane Society.

To lend your support to this important campaign visit Ohioans for Humane Farms.  In addition to accepting donations, the organization needs volunteers to help gather signatures.

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