Ohio Governor Backs Plan For Livestock Standards

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland wants to create a state board to set guidelines on how farmers care for livestock.

But the head of a major animal welfare group says the plan doesn't go far enough.

Strickland said Monday he backs creation of an Ohio livestock care standards board to determine and enforce guidelines for the care and well-being of livestock and poultry.

If approved by the legislature, the plan would go before voters on the november ballot.

Humane Society of the United States president Wayne Pacelle says such a board would give farmers too much leeway.

He says if Ohio doesn't agree to tougher restrictions, the group will launch a $10 million ballot campaign to put the issue before voters in November 2010.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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