Kentucky House Committee Passes Farm Animal Care Bill


Kentucky’s House Agriculture and Small Business Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a revised version of a Senate bill that establishes a commission to set care standards for farm animals. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

Kentucky Senate Bill 105 seeks to prevent extremist animal rights groups from setting policy, while also providing a way to push farmers who are “bad actors” out of the business, said Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, the bill’s sponsor.

“The goal of this legislation is to create a commission that provides a vehicle for defining practical animal care standards from a scientific approach, rather than it being an emotion-driven conversation,” Givens said.

The bill was backed by the Kentucky Farm Bureau and creates a livestock commission of 13 voting members, including five commodity group representatives appointed by the governor. One member would be an at-large appointee interested in food safety.

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