Sow Stall Ban Initiated in Illinois Senate
USAgNet - 02/17/2009
Last week, legislation that would ban the use of gestation stalls in Illinois was introduced in the Illinois Senate.
The way it is drafted, it appears that the legislation would include farrowing stalls, as well.
Senate Bill 1337 was introduced by Sen. James DeLeo (D-10, Chicago). The bill has been initiated by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and was introduced as part of the group's lobby day on Feb. 10.
The legislation is similar to the ballot initiatives banning the use of gestation stalls, stalls for veal calves and battery cages for egg laying hens that have passed in California, Arizona and Florida. The proposed legislation would become effective January 1, 2010.
DeLeo has agreed to hold the bill until all information can be brought forward, including comments from the Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Pork Producers Association. Link
HSUS is running full throttle in the states right now. Everything from banning gestation stalls to redefining animal cruelty. If you disagree with what HSUS is trying to do, then you need to be getting involved in your state politics. Be in contact with your representatives, work with your ag groups that you are involved with, and if you don’t belong to some sort of trade group, you should. Now is not the time to be sitting back and thinking that someone will take care of this for you.