House Backs Animal Care Standards Bill

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The Courier Journal writes:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A bill aimed at preempting efforts by some animal-rights groups to restrict farming in Kentucky cleared the House Wednesday and could soon be headed to Gov. Steve Beshear.

Senate Bill 105, backed by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, would create a Livestock Care Standards Commission that could recommend on-farm animal care regulations to an existing state agriculture board, which could adopt them.

The bill was sought by agriculture industry leaders as a way to limit groups such as the Humane Society of the United States from trying to get livestock care rules implemented in Kentucky that industry officials said could hurt agricultural business interests.

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