HSUS Courts New York General Assembly

The Humane Society of the United States has again introduced legislation that would ban certain animal care practices in the state of New York.

The bill, A08163, introduced Tuesday by Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, prohibits confining breeding pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens in cages that prevent them from turning around or extending their limbs.

The measure is set to be heard in the House Ag Committee and the New York Farm Bureau is confident they will be able to kill the measure in that committee.

Unlike Colorado, New York has no ballot initiative process so there is no danger of the measure being taken to voters in 2010. However, the NYFB worries that someday, the political pressure to pass such legislation may overwhelm ag interests in the state.


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