Indiana legislature considers livestock care

Legislation would give state’s animal health board regulatory authority

Indiana House Bill 1099 and Senate Bill 116 will be debated in the Indiana legislature during the last week of February.

The intent of the parallel bills is to allow the state’s Board of Animal Health to regulate care of livestock and poultry. Bob Kraft, the spokesman for the Indiana Farm Bureau, said, “these bills establish the Indiana Board of Animal Health as the regulatory authority on animal care.” He added, “we support this legislation so that what happened in Michigan will not happen in Indiana.” In 2009, Michigan passed legislation that phases out veal crates, certain cages for poultry and gestation crates for sows.

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