A vote on veal calf confinement by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has angered the Humane Society of the United States which says may jeopardize the animal welfare agreement they reached with former Governor Ted Strickland last June, according to www.FarmAndDairy.com.
In a 6 to 5 vote earlier this week – the standards board voted for confining veal calves in crates that do not allow the calves to turn around.
HSUS director Wayne Pacelle said this vote could cause his group to re-launch its ballot initiative campaign that would require veal calves to be raised in cages large enough for them to turn around. The HSUS had agreed to shelve the campaign after the June agreement stated that veal calves must be able to turn around.
Ohio Ag Director Jim Zehringer and State Veterinarian Tony Forshey voted against the veal-confinement standard on Tuesday. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association also supports allowing calves of all ages room to turn around.