Ohio Farm Bureau Supports HSUS Livestock Care Agreement


Additional details of the agreement between OFB and HSUS have surfaced. It appears that the Ohio deal may be even more restrictive than the deal struck in Colorado two years ago with the passage of SB201.

Under the terms of the deal, veal crates will be banned, sow gestation crates will be phased out within 16 years and new crates will not be permitted starting in December of this year. No new permits for conventinal egg laying cages will be issued and OH ag groups will be required to help pass statutory legislation to restrict dog breeding, classify cockfighting as a felony and ban the keeping of exotic pets.

In return, HSUS will recognize the Ohio Livestock Care and Standards Board as the sole regulatory authority for livestock care issues in Ohio.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for the agreement announced Wednesday between the Ohioans for Livestock Care coalition and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The agreement validates Ohio voters’ decision last fall to pass State Issue 2, which established the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board as the appropriate venue for defining acceptable farm animal care practices.

“One of animal agriculture’s most vocal critics has agreed that the Livestock Care Standards Board is the proper authority to handle difficult questions about farm animal care,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF executive vice president. “This is truly a milestone and confirms Ohio’s position as a national leader in farm animal care.”


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