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Ohio voters may see livestock care standards countermeasure
COLUMBUS, Ohio: Months following the November 3, 2009 Ohio election and the approval of Issue 2, also known as the "Ohio Livestock Care Standards Issue," a countermeasure has been filed for the November 2, 2010 ballot. The initial petition was filed January 27, 2010 and approved by the Ohio Attorney General on February 5. According to the filed petition, the amendment proposes requiring that recently approved Livestock Care Standards Board adopt certain minimum standards within six years of approval by voters. Such proposed standards included prohibiting farm owners from "confining any [calves] raised for veal, pigs during pregnancy, or egg-laying hens for all or the majority of a day, in a manner that prevents such animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending his or her limbs, or turning around freely." The measure is supported by the Humane Society of the United States, who opposed 2009's Issue 2.
A 13-member Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board was created following the approval of Ohio's Issue 2 on the November 3, 2009 ballot for the purpose of establishing standards governing the care of livestock and poultry.
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