11 April 2011

Livestock Care Standards Board does about face, veal crates banned in Ohio

As a result of the unwavering efforts of many compassionate Ohioans to lessen the suffering of tens of thousands of calves raised for veal in the Buckeye State, the Livestock Care Standards Board reversed its March vote that allowed veal producers to chain baby calves by their neck in crates too small for them to turn around for more than half of their short lives.

Many upset attendees to the April 5th meeting wore t-shirts picturing a calf and the message "Let Them Turn Around" in silent protest. After acknowledging that they received approximately 4,700 public comments, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted to phase out the inherently cruel veal crates in Ohio by 2017.

Allowing calves the freedom to turn around was a major condition of a June 30, 2010 agreement between The Humane Society of the United States, former Gov. Ted Strickland, and the Ohio agribusiness lobby. Other terms included recommendations for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, the Legislature, and the Governor to adopt the following provisions:

  • A ban on new gestation crates in the state after Dec. 31, 2010. Existing facilities are grandfathered, but must cease use of these crates within 15 years.
  • A moratorium on permits for new battery cage confinement facilities for laying hens.
  • Regulations regarding the manner in which sick and injured farmed animals can be killed, including a ban on strangulation.
  • A ban on the transport of downer cows for slaughter.
  • Enactment of legislation establishing felony-level penalties for cockfighters.
  • Enactment of legislation cracking down on puppy mills.
  • 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.

Although this progress would not have been possible without the determined, selfless, and inspiring work of hundreds of animal rights activists, more work needs to be done. To find out about animal-related legislative campaigns in your state, click here.

Corey Roscoe | Facebook
Corey serves as Mercy For Animals' Ohio Campaign Coordinator, organizing events and campaigns, and coordinating volunteers throughout Ohio. Adopting a plant-based diet 20 years ago, Corey's goal is to work within her community to promote awareness of vegan diets to help widen people's circles of compassion.

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