Helping Ohio's Farm Animals

At the request of readers, here is some information about how to become involved in the petition effort to establish standards for the treatment of farm animals in Ohio.

Several people requested the information after reading an article in last week’s CityBeat about the effort to collect enough signatures to get the Ohio Livestock Care Initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment, on the November ballot.—-

Supporters need to collect 402,275 valid signatures by June 29.

Among the groups participating in the effort are the U.S. Humane Society, Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals.

If the measure makes the ballot and is approved by voters, it would establish minimum standards for the care and well-being of livestock and poultry on Ohio farms.

The standards would include prohibiting a farm operator from confining a calf, pig or hen on a farm for all or most of the day in a manner that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending his or her limbs or turning around freely; and prohibit the killing of cows and pigs on farms by strangulation.

Anyone wanting to help collect signatures or sign a petition should contact [email protected]

Also, people can check Farm Sanctuary or the Ohioans for Humane Farms Web sites for further details on the campaign.

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