Jul 7, 2010
Last month, we asked for our supporters’ help with collecting 600,000 signatures to support a citizen-backed ballot measure to protect farm animals in Ohio.
Ohioans for Humane Farms and WSPA are happy to report that Gov. Ted Strickland's office has agreed to implement a number of animal welfare reforms in the state, in exchange for holding off on submitting the 2010 ballot measure.
This agreement will help to end some of the cruelest factory farming practices in the state of Ohio.
The state government, agriculture groups and animal welfare organizations will now work together to enact significant farm animal welfare reform in Ohio, including:
A ban on veal crates by 2017.
A ban on new gestation crates in the state after December 31, 2010.
A moratorium on permits for new battery cage confinement facilities for laying hens.
A ban on strangulation of farm animals, and mandatory humane euthanasia methods for sick or injured animals.
A ban on the transport of downer cows for slaughter.
In addition, they will work to implement the following animal welfare reforms for other animal species in Ohio:
Enactment of a legislation establishing felony-level penalties for cock fighters.
Enactment of legislation cracking down on puppy mills.
Enactment of a ban on the acquisition of dangerous exotic animals as pets, such as primates, bears, lions, tigers, large constricting and venomous snakes, crocodiles, and alligators.
All of this is possible because of the amazing dedication and support of our supporters for ending animal cruelty! Thank you for helping to protect farm animals!