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Kentucky Becomes Eighth State to Ban Cruel Veal Crates

In a move applauded by The Humane Society of the United States, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued rules that will prohibit the confinement of calves used for veal in crates so small, the animals are largely immobilized for their short lives. The new rule, which takes full effect in 2018, makes Kentucky the eighth state to ban this inhumane practice.

However, the commission stopped short of taking action to prohibit two other inhumane factory farming practices:

  • cutting off dairy cows’ tails, a painful practice that has been condemned by the dairy industry and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and;
  • the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates, which are so small, the animals cannot even turn around for years on end. This confinement system has come under fire from veterinarians, farmers, animal welfare advocates, animal scientists and consumers. It has been banned in nine states and elsewhere around the world.

“The commission made important progress by banning cruel veal crates, but it has a lot more work to do to fulfill its mandate of creating meaningful standards of care,” says Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The HSUS. “Kentucky should move quickly to ban the pork industry’s confinement of mother pigs in metal cages so small they can’t turn around and the cutting off of dairy cows’ tails.”


Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 240-751-2669

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