Court rejects challenge to NJ farm animal rules
The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. - The state Supreme Court has rejected a broad challenge to New Jersey's rules governing the humane care of farm animals, sending the matter back to the state Agriculture Department for fine-tuning.
The court considered a challenge brought by a coalition of animal rights activists. The activists are questioning practices like castration without anesthesia, trimming the beaks of chickens and claws on turkeys without pain relievers, and confining animals in cramped cages.
he court's decision did not ban any specific practice; rather, it sent the matter back to the Agriculture Department for further action and clarification. Link
New Jersey’s law stated that commonly practiced animal husbandry techniques trumped any animal welfare laws that may be passed. HSUS and Farm Sanctuary are trying to challenge it. It is critical that we be allowed to continue to manage our livestock for their own good. Everything we do to these animals is for their own health and well being.