A group of animal activist groups led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUU) are gathering signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot in Ohio that would require the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to adopt certain farm animal treatment requirements.
In a statement on its Web site, HSUS said the ballot initiative would call for minimum standards around cage or pen size for veal calves, pigs and layer hens and euthanasia of sick and injured animals. It also seeks standards around slaughter rules for downer cows, even though federal rules already preclude these animals from entering the food chain.
The group needs 600,000 signatures to petition the Ohio Secretary of State to achieve a ballot measure for the November election.
The ballot initiative comes just three months after Ohio voters approved creating the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, an initiative backed by dozens of business and agricultural organizations and more than 100 legislators.
HSUS opposed the board's creation
Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com