Kentucky is now the eighth state in America to ban the use of cruel veal crates.
The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued new rules that prohibit the confinement of calves raised for veal in cramped crates. Veal crates confine calves for their short, 16-weeks long lives, tethered at the neck and unable to turn around. The ban will go into full effect by 2018.
Unfortunately, the commission didn’t include two other inhumane factory farming practices in their updated rules: cutting of dairy cows’ tails and the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs.
“The commission made important progress by banning cruel veal crates, but it has a lot more work to do to fulfill its mandate of creating meaningful standards of care,” says Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Kentucky should move quickly to ban the pork industry’s confinement of mother pigs in metal cages so small they can’t turn around and the cutting off of dairy cows’ tails.”
A step in the right direction is still a step in the right direction. Hopefully this change will lead to many more positive changes in the factory farming industry.
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