02 July 2010

Agreement reached to implement series of animal welfare reforms in Ohio

Over the past several months volunteers for Ohioans For Humane Farms have worked tirelessly to gather signatures for a ballot measure designed to curb some of the most abusive practices on today’s factory farms. On Wednesday it was announced that the organization and Gov. Strickland’s office had reached an agreement to implement a series of animal welfare reforms in the state of Ohio.

The agreement includes the following reforms:
  • A ban on veal crates, to be phased out within six years.
  • A ban on new gestation crates in the state after December 31, 2010. Existing facilities are grandfathered, but must cease use of these crates within 15 years.
  • A permanent moratorium on permits for new battery cage facilities in place immediately.
  • A ban on the transport of downed cows and calves for slaughter.
  • A ban on strangulation and other forms of on farm killing that are not included in euthanasia standards as outlined by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Enactment of legislation establishing felony-level penalties for cock fighters.
  • Enactment of legislation cracking down on puppy mills.
  • Enactment of a ban on the acquisition of dangerous exotic animals as pets, such as primates, bears, lions, tigers, large constricting and venomous snakes, crocodiles, and alligators.
“These reforms represent important progress for farm animals and other animals in Ohio, and we're grateful to all our volunteers in the state who worked so hard to make this happen,” stated Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “With each step forward, the momentum grows. And as progress is made, the days of factory farming are numbered.”

The agreement was reached on the same day that Ohioans For Humane Farms was to deliver more than 500,000 signatures to the Secretary of State—an act which would have assured the measure a spot on November’s ballot. It is important to note that signatures do not expire in Ohio, therefore if the agreement is not honored a ballot initiative could be pursued in the future.

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