A New Jersey state appellate court unanimously rejected the attempt of a coalition of animal rights and food safety groups to block new state standards for farm animal care in New Jersey.

The coalition claims the standards — developed by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to govern humane care, raising and marketing of domestic livestock — are flawed and allow inhumane practices.

Among the practices the coalition cited in their appeal were cutting tails off dairy cows and confining pregnant pigs and veal calves in crates. New Jersey is not a major farm state, but it is the first state to enact such regulations.

Source: Drovers