Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board tackles reforms; initiative continues to circulate petitions
COLUMBUS, Ohio: In one of its first actions the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board said they plan to review reforms proposed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSUS is currently proposing an initiated constitutional amendment for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot.
According to the filed petition the proposed initiative requires that the Livestock Care Standards Board adopt certain minimum standards. If approved by voters the board would have six years to implement the new guidelines. 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."
In a response to the board's review of the proposed reforms, Humane Society chief Wayne Pacelle said, "We would love to have the livestock board handle all those issues and obviate the need for the ballot issue. We want to see reforms that result in better treatment of animals. We think the livestock board should enact all elements of the proposed ballot initiative because it's the right, humane and proper thing for the state of Ohio. We hope neither side has to engage in a big-spending campaign in the fall."
The 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. The 2009 measure was opposed by HSUS.