In a vote of 6 to 5 the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) voted to permit the use of inhumane veal crates. This is an action that clearly violates an agreement from last June between humane groups and agribusiness. The crates used to confine calves are so small they are unable to turn around. They will be confined their entire life to prohibit muscle growth.
Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary released a statement saying, to avoid a ballot initiative an agreement was reached last year between agribusiness and humane groups. The agreement would prohibit veal crates, gestation cages, and battery cages across the state. The hope is the OLCSB will reverse their decision, or humane groups will move forward with the initiative.
We have come to a time where we realize crating veal calves is wrong. If OLCSB is serious in their commitment in promoting animal welfare, then they cannot defend the use of veal crates.
Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary