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Ohio: Tell the Livestock Board that Calves Need Room to Move!
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) is failing to make good on a promise to ban certain cruel factory farming practices, and we need your help. Committing a clear violation of the agreement we reached with agribusiness interests and former Governor Strickland last June, the OLCSB recently voted to continue allowing the cruel confinement of veal calves in crates so small they cannot even turn around.
The board was supposed to phase out veal crates in Ohio for good—but now this mostly industry-governed panel wants to allow calves to suffer in tiny crates for the first 10 weeks of their lives. When a calf’s life is already cut tragically short to about 16 to 18 weeks as a result of veal production practices, being confined for 10 weeks makes up more than half their lives. Such extreme and prolonged confinement is purely unacceptable.
Being forced to live in such small spaces causes these helpless calves, who are taken from their mothers immediately after birth, to suffer from frustration, physical pain, stress, boredom, and social isolation, among other physical and psychological ailments. But despite the fact that citizens, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association reject these confinement practices, the OLCSB refuses to give calves enough room to at least turn around.
The OLCSB will meet again on April 5, 2011, and we must show these officials that Ohioans refuse to allow these abusive practices to continue.
You Can Help
Using the form below, please send a quick message to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, urging them to issue standards consistent with public sentiment and the provisions of the agreement, and to reconsider the March 1 vote to allow intensive calf confinement.
For maximum impact, please personalize your message with your own words and let the board know why it’s important to you as an Ohio citizen that cruel factory farming practices are put to an end now and that calves have room to move.
The next OLCSB meeting will be held on April 5, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. A public comment period will begin at 11:30 a.m. Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting.
(Ohio Residents Only)
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Keep Your Word: Calves Deserve Room to Move
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]