Last year, caring citizens took to the streets across the state of Ohio and helped collect 500,000 signatures of registered voters to place an initiative on the statewide ballot to ban some of the cruelest forms of factory farming confinement: veal crates for calves, gestation crates for pigs, and battery cages for egg-laying hens. On the day these signatures were to be turned in, agribusiness came to the table and negotiated a compromise agreement, brokered by former Governor Ted Strickland, to phase out veal and gestation crates, and to prevent the construction of any new battery cage operations.
The newly-created Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) is responsible for implementing parts of the agreement, but recently voted to allow calves to be confined in veal crates, where they are kept in a state of misery, for most of their lives. This is a blatant violation of the compromise agreement and an affront to basic animal welfare principles. If you live in Ohio, please write to the OLCSB and urge them to reverse their position on veal crates when they meet again on April 5.
We can still submit the 500,000 signatures we collected last year to place this issue before Ohio voters, and if the OLCSB insists on defending veal crates, we’ll be heading to the ballot!