Ohio Governor Ted Strickland supports a comprehensive animal care amendment for the November 2009 ballot in Ohio.
The amendment would create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, a 13-member state board that would determine and enforce guidelines for the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio in order to protect food safety and locally produced food for Ohioans.
"This effort will help further the mission of Ohio farmers to provide high-quality, locally grown food,” Strickland said. "The Board will ensure that Ohioans continue to have access to a safe and affordable local food supply and will make our state a national leader in the level of animal care and responsibility.”
The proposed amendment is supported jointly by Governor Strickland, House Speaker Armond Budish, Senate President Bill Harris, House Minority Leader Bill Batchelder, and Senate Minority Leader Capri Carafo. He's joined in support by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, state Pork Producers Council and Poultry Association.