By JOHN SEEWER
Ohio's next agriculture director plans to take a closer a look at a deal arranged by the outgoing governor and animal rights activists that would bring tougher laws governing farm animals.
The agreement calls for a ban of certain crates and cages and prohibiting strangulation as a form of euthanasia for sick or injured animals.
"There are a lot more unanswered questions," James Zehringer, a former poultry farmer who's been a state lawmaker the past three years, said during an interview with The Associated Press.
His biggest concern is that the proposed regulations could make it too costly for new farm owners who want to get into the business by forcing them to make changes to existing farms.
"We want to grow agriculture," he said. "Ohio is losing 700 farms a year." Read More
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may have the political leadership to stand up to the falsehoods and threats coming from HSUS. The question will be whether or not anyone will follow their efforts. In order for the OLCSB to operate properly, they can’t be constantly under threat of a ballot issue from the HSUS. While the HSUS will never b e worried about what’s best for livestock, farmers and ranchers have no choice. It’s our duty to properly care for them, regardless of politics. Ohio