Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Farm animal legislative update

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to ban the practice of docking cows' tails. This despite the fact he initially ridiculed lawmakers for spending time considering the measure. Read the rest in USA Today.

The governor's progressive stance, however, comes on the same he also vetoed legislation to crack down on large-scale puppy mills, making him - according to USA Today - the only governor in six states that passed such legislation to override it with a veto.

Meantime, Michigan's governor signed legislation yesterday making "Michigan the second state to ban so-called battery cages for egg-laying chickens, the fifth to ban veal crates and the seventh to ban stalls for pregnant pigs." Read more in this little blog article. There's more info available in Michigan's Agriculture Industry Today, but it looks like you have to be a member to access it.

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