Ohio Farmers And Humane Society Prepare For Fight

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Cincinnati (AP) -- The Ohio Farm Bureau is ramping up fundraising to take on a leading animal rights group over the size of cages, crates and stalls used to confine of farm animals.

The Humane Society of the United States has met with Ohio cattlemen, pork producers and the poultry industry, telling them to change the farming practices or face a ballot initiative.

The animal rights group has won legislation in six states to ban confinement systems that they say cramp animals.

Three were passed with farm industry support and three by public vote.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has more than 230,000 members and lobbies for the state's farmers.

The Humane Society is the nation's largest animal protection organization with more than 11 million members.

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