Mich. House Approves Farm Animal Care Standards

The Michigan House on Wednesday voted 87-20 to require farms to comply with rules that will be phased in over the next decade regarding confinement and tethering of some farm animals.

The measure applies to pregnant pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens. The rules would have exceptions but, in most cases, would allow the animals enough room to at least turn around freely. The legislation amends the Animal Industry Act in Michigan to clarify the Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Commission as the sole authority regulating livestock health and welfare.


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