02 June 2010

ASPCA announces support of Ohioans for Humane Farms minimum standards ballot initiative

Yesterday the ASPCA announced its support of the Ohioans for Humane Farms ballot measure which would require the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to adopt minimum care standards.

ASPCA statement:
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it is joining the growing list of animal welfare advocates, veterinarians, family farmers and environmental organizations that support a ballot measure requiring the newly created Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to implement minimum care standards aimed at putting an end to cruel factory farming practices. These standards call for the humane euthanasia of sick and injured animals, a prohibition of cruel confinement practices, and the prevention of sick and injured animals from entering the food supply.

A November ballot measure proposed by Ohioans For Humane Farms would 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.

Ohioans for Humane Farms is looking for volunteers to help gather the remaining amount of over 600,000 signatures needed by June 30 to guarantee a spot on the general election ballot for a proposed anti-cruelty measure. To volunteer please sign up at ohiohumane.com or email us and we will put you in touch with the campaign coordinator. If you are unable to volunteer but would like to have your signature added to the initiative, please email us and we will get you in contact with a local volunteer.

Related news: View the disturbing undercover video obtained at Conklin Dairy Farms by Mercy For Animals. Once you know, you can’t unknow.

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