The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the House committee will decide on new legislation this week giving authority on farm animal treatment to a new state panel.
Senate Bill 105 would give authority to a 14-member state group who will decide how poultry, pigs, cattle, horses, goats and sheep are treated. If passed, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission will determine best management practices considering the animal’s well-being.
The committee is formed in an effort to combat animal agriculture attacks from animal rights extremists. The goal of the standards board is to determine acceptable care standards of livestock as determined by people knowledgeable in the industry. Board members will be representatives from animal agriculture organizations. According to Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer the guidelines will be based on scientific research and widely accepted practice instead of emotion.
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